Who We Are

We are a group of women and men from various walks of life who are dedicated to research, teaching, networking, and advocacy to promote the health and human rights of women and girls everywhere.

Amy Agigian

Amy Agigian is the founder and director of the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights and is currently an associate professor of sociology at Suffolk University. View Amy's Faculty Bio.

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Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 7016 

Susan Sered

Susan Sered is a Senior Research Analyst with the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights and is a Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, as well as director of the graduate program in crime and justice studies. View Susan's Faculty Bio.

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Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 7020 

Jennifer Minotti

Jennifer Minotti is an Artist-in-Residence, bringing over 20 years of experience in communications, instructional technology & media, and writing to the Center. Jen is an award-winning Web designer, information architect, researcher, and writer. For 17 years, Jen worked at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in a variety of technology, research, writing, and management roles for projects that focused on health & human development, special education, literacy, bullying-prevention, science, urban education, assistive technology, and inclusive schooling practices. She is the Co-Director of The World's Very First Gratitude Parade. In 2012, Jen founded the Women's Writing Circle as a means to merge her passions for expressive writing, psychology, community building, women’s health, and social activism. Jen is a graduate of Boston University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed.), holds certificates in Whole Person Positive Psychology and Distance Education, and has taught graduate level online courses. She is currently a PhD candidate at Lesley University focusing on writing therapy, the science of gratitude, and mindful communications.

Connie Chow

Connie Chow is a Visiting Social Entrepreneur. Chow is a molecular microbiologist, an educator and a human rights advocate. She uses an intersectional and interdisciplinary lens to build organizational and human capacity so girls and women in under-resourced settings in the US and in sub-Saharan Africa can reach their full potential. Through the African Women Advocacy Project, she currently leads an initiative to transform teachers and learners in Ghana. She was the first Executive Director of Science Club for Girls in greater Boston for 8 years. Dr. Chow co-founded the Massachusetts CEDAW Project. Connie is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.

Laura H. Roskos, Ph.D.

Laura H. Roskos, Ph.D. is an Activist in Residence. She recently co-edited Women’s Bodies, Gender Analysis, Feminist Politics at the Fórum Social Mundial, a special issue of the Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is co-founder of the Massachusetts CEDAW Project, chair of the Advancing Human Rights Committee of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom, and co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations.

Diane D'Souza

Diane D'Souza is a Research Analyst. She is founder and CEO of SWAT Assist, a Boston-based company which assists elders through life transitions. Her lifelong interests in healing and spirituality have led to work and study in the areas of psychology, conflict resolution, and religion. Diane has an M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Vrieje University in the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the religious lives of Muslim Shia women in India, an area where she is well published. Diane worked for nearly twenty years in India where she was the Associate Director of the Henry Martyn Institute (HMI) in Hyderabad, an inter-religious study, research and training center. Her work at HMI focused on gender and development and culminated in her developing and leading a vibrant international Conflict Resolution and Peace-building Program. She has designed and facilitated programs in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and is an adjunct Professor in the International Post Graduate Program in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain. 

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