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Ongoing Initiatives at the Center

Local Initiatives:

Future Directions Focus Groups

We designed a qualitative study utilizing focus groups for the Center’s “Future Directions” project. Our aim was to gauge perceptions of feminism and identify areas of gender inequality in relationships as seen by participants, but also to direct the Center’s future initiatives and programming to address questions and broaden understandings of feminism. To date, focus groups have been held with over 150 participants in 20 different university and community organizations.

Human Trafficking Prevention

We offer administrative assistance to the City Court of Rochester to support the specialized Human Trafficking Court that links victims up with much needed care, including housing, mental health, and medical services, while they go through the court process. The Center also connects the Court to other service providers to create a collaborative environment where agencies can work more efficiently together to find ways to better support victims. Additionally, the Center works with local agencies to administer Promote Health, an iPad public health survey used to assess the needs of victims and link them with information about local services.

PEACE Project at the Mt. Hope Family Center

Promoting Emotional Adjustment in Children Experiencing challenges (PEACE), a project offered through Mt. Hope Family Center, offers free, confidential, evidence-based services to children and families who have experienced stressful life circumstances or traumatic events. Services are open to children and families involved in the child welfare system, all branches of military service, and the community at large. The Center provides assistance regarding Community Engagement and Community Based Participatory Research.

LGBT Initiatives

The SBAC works with multiple organizations, both on campus and in the Rochester community, to address many of the social injustice issues and health care disparities that are faced by the LGBT community. Initiatives have included the addition of transition-related health care benefits for UR students and employees, the creation of a webpage specifically for LGBT patients at Strong Memorial Hospital, and the launch of a “Trans* @ UofR” webpage to provide information to support Trans* students as they navigate University of Rochester campus facilities, resources, and systems.

Sexual Violence Prevention

This initiative serves to promote conversation and awareness about sexual violence. The Center works with multiple university departments, University Health Services Health Promotion Office, Equal Opportunity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator Office, Center for Student Conflict Management, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies to create programming that exposes the University and the local Rochester Community to the state of the science regarding sexual violence, and innovative initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Our goal is to foster an environment where the varied aspects of this issue can be discusses, and new ideas can be generated to help prevent sexual violence and support victims.

National Initiatives:

Wit and Wisdom of Susan B. Anthony

The Susan B. Anthony Letters Project draws on the personal correspondence of this famous figure in the women’s suffrage movement. In reading and coding Miss Anthony’s personal letters, the readers hope to unveil the many hidden facets of the character of this famed woman, and recognize the ways her political and personal lives shaped each other. The Susan B. Anthony Letters Project brings Miss Anthony into the 21st century, and gives her work new relevance for women for years to come. This project team has reviewed collections from UofR, the Monroe County Public Library, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. Currently, quotes from Miss Anthony’s project are being disseminated in a year-long twitter project entitled #SueBSays.

International Initiatives:

The Center has an international reach as well. Dr. Cerulli, the Center’s director, has provided consultation to the World Health Organization and Fogerty International on issues related to domestic violence, child abuse, and Human Trafficking throughout the Greater Mekong Subregion. These initiatives include quantitative and qualitative research studies, as well as strategic planning. The Center also is host to international scholars from the region who are doing pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Rochester, who attend various Center activities. A major initiative of these collective efforts includes the potential launch of a survey of perinatal women linking intimate partner violence, depression, and child health outcomes.