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 & Human Rights and is an associate professor of sociology at Suffolk University.

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Susan Sered

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

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Jennifer Minotti

Jennifer Minotti has been Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights since 2016. She leads the Women’s Writing Circle, which is a means to merge her passions for expressive writing, psychology, community building, women’s health, and social activism.

Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is Activist-in-Residence at the Center for Women’s Health & Human Rights. Friedman is a visionary writer, educator and activist, and creator of four books. Her work has popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many U.S. campuses. She holds weekly Activist Office Hours at the Center, where she works closely with Dr. Agigian on Our Bodies Ourselves Today.

Suffolk Faculty Affiliates of the Center

  • Sara Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor of Law
  • Sandy Matava, Director, Moakley Center for Public Management; Instructor, Institute for Public Service
  • James Ptacek, Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Marjorie Salvodon, Associate Professor, World Languages & Cultural Studies

Past Scholars, Artists-, and Activists-in-Residence

Connie Chow was a Visiting Social Entrepreneur and STEMinist-in-Residence at the CWHHR from 2015–19. 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 U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa can reach their full potential. Dr. Chow cofounded the Massachusetts CEDAW Project. She is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.

Laura H. Roskos was Activist-in-Residence from 2003–14—a role in which she co-led the Center’s Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations. She is cofounder of the Massachusetts CEDAW Project, past President of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom, and co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations.

Diane D'Souza was a Research Analyst at the CWHHR from 2009–14. The late Dr. D’Souza was a visionary global scholar, teacher, and activist whose work focused on religion, dialogue, peacebuilding, and social justice.

Elena Stone was Artist-in Residence at the CWHHR from 2003–14. Dr. Stone is a writer, visual artist, and independent scholar with a special interest in women and the creative process. As Artist-in Residence, she worked to give the Center a consistent visual presence and develop programming that linked art and creativity to women’s health and human rights.

Melanie Pryor was a Visiting Scholar at the Center from 2019–20.

Lauri Nsiah-Jefferson was a Visiting Scholar at the Center from 2010–12.

Sreemoti Mukerjee-Roy was a Visiting Junior Scholar at the Center from 2010–11.

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