Who We Are

We are a group of people who are dedicated to promoting the health and human rights of women, girls, and gender-expansive people 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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Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 7016 

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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Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 7020

Angella E. Lee

Angella E. Lee, MEd, is the Director of Social Media for the Women’s Writing Circle and Journal of Expressive Writing.  

Jennifer Minotti

Jennifer Minotti is a Writer-in-Residence and has been an 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.

Cherry Russel

Cherry Russel, MSW, LCSW, is a Visiting Social Work Scholar. Cherry’s research focuses on issues of women and incarceration.

Elena Stone

Elena Stone, PhD, is an Artist-in-Residence. Elena is a painter, mixed media artist, writer and feminist scholar who, as the Center’s Artist in Residence, is using her creative practice to tell stories of women’s connection to the natural world and work to save the planet.

Suffolk Faculty Affiliates of the Center

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

Jaclyn Friedman was 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.

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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