The Susan B. Anthony Center works to bring awareness to, and advocate for, social justice and equity. To increase student involvement in this work, the Center established the Student Advisory Board (SAB) in Spring 2015 to create event programming that corresponds with student’s local and national social justice advocacy interests. Board members represent the student body’s need for programming that focuses on issues that are important to them, including but not limited to feminism, violence against women, women’s leadership, empowerment, marginalized groups on and off campus, LGBTQIA issues, and allyship. Members are comprised of undergraduate students across various class years and majors. They meet one to two times per month during the semester to advise the Center on social justice issues that event programming could focus on, help in the planning of such events as well as create their own event programming under Center advisement, and act as liaisons to the student body by promoting Center events. The board also conducts outreach with University departments and student groups to create co-sponsorships that support campus initiatives that work to overcome inequality.
Beginning in Spring semester 2018, the Center will be offering the Susan B. Anthony Center Ambassadors (SBAC Ambassadors) Program to connect University students to the surrounding Rochester community through volunteer work at local non-profit service organizations. SBAC Ambassadors will help agencies with volunteer needs at one-day events or on short-term projects such as walks, dinners, and inventory organization. By supporting agencies in this capacity, students will benefit organizations by providing extra help that is needed to enable them to fulfill their goals as they conduct programming, raise funds, and serve clients in the local community.
A central goal of the program is to offer students a place to find volunteer opportunities in the Rochester community outside of traditional groups such as Greek life and Student Association clubs, and benefits students who are unable to commit to those groups. This enables students to be a part of a volunteer group that helps the community with less time constraints and offers them flexibility. The program is also great for UR students already involved in other groups who want to increase their volunteerism. Lastly, a key benefit of the program is it offers students the opportunity to be a part of a group that benefits the community while gaining community engagement and networking experience.
Individual students interested in volunteering can sign up through the Susan B. Anthony Center who will act as the liaison between community organizations and students to coordinate volunteer logistics. Volunteer opportunities will take place two to three times a semester at various Rochester area non-profit agencies. Transportation can be provided to any UR student who needs a ride to and from agency locations from campus. Any students interested in social justice, community building, and social service careers are highly encouraged to join this low commitment and fulfilling program.
Fall 2017 through Spring 2018: Sexual Misconduct Policy Task Force
With the University’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures under review during the 2017–18 academic year, the Undergraduate Students’ Association (SA) Government Executive Branch expressed interest in contributing to the review process to improve policy effectiveness and implementation. The Executive Branch subsequently created the Sexual Misconduct Policy Task Force, charged with reviewing University policies and procedures as they relate to sexual misconduct between students. It was co-chaired by Jordan Smith, SA President, and Catherine Cerulli, Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center. The task force membership was comprised of students representing each class, and also included Jeffrey Runner, Dean of the College, and Kirsten Buscetto, Programming and Community Engagement Specialist at the Center.
The Center guided the task force in their review of University, state, and federal sexual misconduct policies, processes, and guidelines. They held meetings to discuss the written policies and heard from University staff who directly work with the policies, such as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Public Safety Chief, and Director of the Center for Student Conflict Management. The task force also spoke with students who wanted to share their experiences.
After the group completed its review in April 2018, they shared their recommendations for changes to the policies and procedures with Administration officials.
Meeting information and recommendations/ response from the administration can be found here.