International Women’s Day Field Trip

Women’s History Month is approaching again! International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8th, is a time to celebrate women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on gender equality. The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975, and this year the UN plans to use the holiday to highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap signed by 189 countries 20 years ago that laid out the plan for advancing women’s rights. Though there have been many achievements in the past 20 years, they hope to galvanize action to address the equality gaps that still remain.

SBAI will be celebrating with our annual International Women’s Day Field Trip on Friday, March 6 to The National Women’s Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY. See the site of the first US women’s rights convention where Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spoke, tour the Park museum, or stop in and shop at Women Made Products.


This trip is free and includes transportation, admission, and lunch! Registration is open to the greater University community. RSVP is required by Monday, March 2. RSVP to Please note that if you RSVP you are required to attend the trip, as all expenses are prepaid.


9am – Depart Rush Rhees Library
10am – Arrive Seneca Falls
10:15am – Welcome and Chapel Tour
12pm –  Lunch at Happy Family Resturant
1:30pm – Tour Park Musuem and Village on Your Own
3:30pm – Depart Seneca Falls
4:30pm – Arrive Rush Rhees Library

We hope to see you there!

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Diversity and Inclusion Film Series

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“Secrecy, Sanctity, and Sexuality: Cross Dressing Saints in Christianity”

Anne Meredith

Anne Meredith

Don’t miss “Secrecy, Sanctity, and Sexuality:  Cross Dressing Saints in Christianity” next Thursday, February 12, at 4:30 in the Gamble Room.

The talk will be given by Anne Merideth, Senior Lecturer in Religion, for the annual Classics Lecture on Sex and Gender in the Ancient World presented by the Department of Religion and Classics.

We hope you will join us for this fantastic talk!

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“Black and…” series at Crozer Divinity School

The Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is celebrating Black History Month each Wednesday this month. They will be sponsoring a four part series entitled “Black And……”  They will celebrate African American history and have a dialogue on some of the current issues that Black people now face. Women, Youth, Clergy, and LBGT are the four areas of Black life that will be their topics of discussion. The films will be screened at the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel right by Highland Park in the City of Rochester.

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Metro Justice will have a table at each event to invite students and friends to learn more about the work they do in Rochester.



To RSVP, contact GP Dickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651 or email


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Congratulations (en)Gendered Winners

SBAI would like to thank you our jury and everybody and made this year’s (en)Gendered a fantastic one. We’d also  like to congratulate the Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions (listed below). If you missed the opening, you can still catch these 12 pieces in the Art and Music Library through the end of February!

artwork made of beads and yarn to resember a computer motherboardsculpture of a tree made of paper umbrellas
Pictured above: “
Schrodinger’s Forgotten Hobby” and Águeda Umbrella Tree

We’re so pleased that the NewsCenter at the University worked with us to put together an article reporting on the 10th annual (en)Gendered exhibit “Between Identities and Environments.” (en)Gendered guest of honor and juror, Rachel Haidu, said this year’s theme presented “a way to think about how we ought to complicate ideas of gender beyond one context. … The submissions broaden the scope of what gender might mean within a range of environments—from the Rochester campus to the virtual realm.” So many of the pieces in the show this year were thoughtful reflections and responses to the theme. Thanks again to all of the undergraduate students who submitted. Please keep sharing your wonderful ideas with us in the future – we (and the rest of the UR community) love to see your work!

(en)Gendered Jury 2015
Rachel Haidu
, director of the graduate program in visual and cultural studies and associate professor of art history
Lauron Kehrer, PhD student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music
Joan Saab, chair of the department of art and art history, and associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies

Jurors’ Prize Winners
Turning 21

by Daniel Hoffman ’15—Major: Music; Minor: Dance
I’m on a Diet
MJ Barbeau ’15—Major: Studio Arts
Águeda Umbrella Tree
Ciarán Spence ’16 —Major: Studio Arts

Honorable Mentions
Unknown Accountability
by Yonatan Bisnowaty ’16
Technology is Empathy by Sarah Kingsley ’17
Dwarfism by Anna Saltman ’15
Multiple Sclerosis by Anna Saltman ’15
Straight-laced by Rachael O’Neill ’15
Impartial Drawings by Sunny Yanyi Jiang ’15
Marztian Productions Presents: pARTy by Marz Saffore ’15
Hide Me by Bonnie Wu ’17
Schrödinger’s Forgotten Hobby by Jack Jones ’15


image of a painting in the style of a portraitThese Happy Tears by Melissa “MJ” Barbeau ‘15


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(en)Gendered opening Thursday 1/15 at 5pm

Kick off the spring semester with The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of Art and Art History at the 2015 (en)Gendered exhibit! The theme for the show this year is: Between Identities and Environments and we received many fantastic submissions this year ranging from painting and photography, to video and sculpture.

Rachel Haidu, Director of Visual and Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of Art History, will deliver a gallery talk during the opening, and the (en)Gendered jury will announce the recipients of the Jurors’ Prizes and Honorable Mentions. If you have work in the show, please attend so you can claim your certificates and prizes if you are selected. The opening is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The (en)Gendered opening is always a wonderful way to begin the new year. We hope you’ll join us!

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Have a great break and happy holidays!

The end of the semester has arrived and SBAI will be taking a short break. We will close on 12/20/14 and will reopen on 1/5/15. Check back for spring updates and events when we return.

We hope that everybody has a safe and restful break, and we wish a happy holiday season to all of those who celebrate!

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Current volunteer opportunities for Undergrads

Check out these fantastic opportunities for undergrads to partake in experiential learning! The following volunteer positions based in Rochester are currently available:

-Member of the Planned Parenthood Young Leaders Advisory Council, and
-Connect & Breathe talkline staff
-Teacher/organizer for SBAI’s Sisterhood and Feminism course (taught at the Sojourner House)

Details on these positions and how to apply for them are listed below.

Planned Parenthood young leaders

Call for Applications: Young Leaders Advisory Council 2015

Planned Parenthood Generation Action is pleased to announce a call for application for the 2015 Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC). The YLAC provides the opportunity for exceptional student advocates to be more deeply engaged with the work young people are doing across the county, from a National perspective. It will offer them the chance to lead national leadership, advocacy, and movement building efforts that enable and advance the work young people are doing on the ground. The Young Leaders Advisory Council will represent the youth voice at National Convening’s and launch National campaigns to support young activists to emerge asleaders in the movement for sexual and reproductive freedom.


  1. Provides advice and input on youth oriented materials, national conferences, and campaigns.
  2. Advises the PPGA leadership and affiliates on matters pertaining to young people.
  3. Assists young people in becoming spokespeople for affiliates and PPGA.

2015 Meetings: The Young Leaders Advisory Council will meet several times throughout the year. It is required that each YLAC member attend each meeting.  YLAC members should be prepared for up to 3 in person meetings and monthly YLAC conference calls. Travel and lodging costs will be covered in accordance with PPFA policy. Potential Meeting Dates for 2015 (save the dates!): March 2015, July/August 2015, and November 2015

Terms: Each accepted YLAC member is agreeing to serve a one-year term, which expires in December 31st, 2015. 

All completed applications are due on December 15th, 2014 to Erin Carhart, National Campus Organizer, erin.carhart@ppfa.orgA completed Young Leaders Advisory Council application, including cover letter, resume, application, and letter of recommendation, is required. 

Connect & Breathe

Connect & Breathe is a non-judgmental after-abortion talkline. Connect & Breathe creates safe space to talk about abortion experiences by offering a talkline providing unbiased support and encouragement of self-care.

The talkline is staffed by adult women and men volunteers with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Most are not professional counselors, although all volunteers successfully completed our training program.

Connect & Breathe is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, handicap, disability or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era.

The talkline training involves:

  • an application and pre-screening phone interview
  • required readings about varying medical, historical, legal, social, and religious contexts of women’s abortion experiences in the United States
  • 18 hours of in person classroom time with professional educators
  • to discuss required readings
  • to practice listening and communication skills
  • to develop an understanding of abortion as a deeply personal, individualized experience that transcends pro-life/pro-choice dualities
  • a minimum of two “shadow shifts” with a senior talkline volunteer
  • ongoing education via readings and debriefing meetings
  • How much time do volunteers commit to Connect and Breathe?
  • Volunteers cover at least two shifts per month.
  • How can I get more information?

If you’re interested in being a part of Connect & Breathe’s talkline staff, or if you’d like to learn more, please contact the Volunteer Team at

Sisterhood and Feminism

Sisterhood and Feminism is offered through SBAI, and you can find key points about this course below. Read more at our Sisterhood and Feminism page, and be in touch with if you’d like to apply to participate in the 2015  program of Sisterhood and Feminism!

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Heart and Hearth: Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Film Series

We’re so excited that the Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester is partnering with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (based out of San Francisco, CA) to present the December film screening: Heart and Hearth, a focus on family at the Mocha Center. We hope you’ll take a couple of hours next Saturday to head out to the lovely Mocha Center to watch these great films and meet more folks from the Rochester community!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Mocha Center
189 Water St, Rochester
Doors at 6:30 pm, films at 7:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public (donations encouraged!)

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More about the short films:

A young lesbian discovers the strength to be herself after FINDING HOPE in an accepting community.
Even a STRAIGHT JACKET is no match for the gale force voice of a young tomboy.
A queer Mexicana couple journey through online dating and across borders to find their CORAZON DE MELON.
• The support of GIRLS YOU KNOW inspires a young girl to mold her environment.
For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, CASEY’S HOPE is found in starting a family of her own.
OBACHAN journeys from Tokyo to Little Rock where she is showered with the love of her chosen queer family.
•Black lesbians raising children reveal THE GIFT OF FAMILY

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Tonight: “What Rights? Police Brutality in Rochester” panel hosted by Students for a Democratic Society

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