Broward National Recovery Month 2018

This year’s National Recovery Month’s event was in Broward at the Museum of Discovery and Science. These pictures do not do this event justice, there were over 500 attendee’s! The food was amazing, the vendors spectacular, the museum was so much fun and the speaker and award winners inspirational. It truly was a magical night.

SHE-roes 2018

SHE-roes was sponsored by United Healthcare and presented by Memorial Healthcare System where we honored 10 amazing women in our community for all they are doing to make a difference in the lives of people every day. Macy’s presented a fashion show with the latest looks for the season that was sponsored by Meridian Treatment Solutions, and Brown & Brown Insurance. We also enjoyed beautiful raffle prizes donated by amazing donors such as The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and had a delicious fall inspired luncheon at the Pine Island Ridge Country Club in Davie, FL. This event not only honored women in our community but also helped raise funds for the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center. We are a residential and outpatient addiction treatment center for pregnant women and mothers with children.

Holidays 2018

We here at Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center have SO much to be grateful this new year. 2018 brought us many great things but we really want to thank each and every person who made our Toy Drive and holidays a success this year. Our moms were so emotional from all the love they were given. Here are some pictures of our Adopt-A-Family United Way of Broward County party, Potential Church’s holiday party, Santa’s Workshop, and Mrs. Clauses Closet. We’re going to try to list everyone here but if we missed someone, send a shout out so we can add them!! It truly takes a village, and THANK YOU for being a part of ours! #MomsMatter OJ McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation, Seminole Classic Casino, Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, Roig Lawyers, Macy’s, Broward College South Campus, Atlantic Southern Paving and Sealcoating, Zoofy International, Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School, Kelsie Templin, United Way of Broward County, Patty Garcia, Crossfit Siege, Kristi Krueger, Driftwood Middle School, Susan Nyamora, Costco, Potential Church, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, North American Refrigeration, Ingrid Jose, Hollywood West Elks Lodge #2365, Vivian Lindsey & Friends, NBC 6, Maura Campbell, Kim Lynch & the Girl Scouts, Danielle Hadeed, and so many more!!!

Ultimate Software Day at SBA – 2018

On Nov. 16th Ultimate Software, Inc.brought 80 of their team members to volunteer here at the center. We had so much fun and to watch this dedicated, hardworking, and passionate team accomplish so much was a pleasure. Our moms are still talking about what a great day it was, and how grateful they are for the donations brought to them that day. Thank you again for all you did and all you will be doing in future. #MomsMatter#UltimateSoftwareCares #PeopleFirst

Beckman Coulter Gives Back – 2018

We are SO lucky to have such a giving community. Beckman Coulter came out with 30 of the most amazing volunteers to our center. They went through and organized our ENTIRE Chic Boutique, reorganized our food pantry, moved furniture, set-up Santa’s Workshop & Mrs. Clauses Closet for the holidays, scrubbed chairs and list goes on…Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing dedication and team work! #MomsMatter #BeckmanCoulterGivesBack

Halloween 2018

Here at the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center we know how to party! The holidays are always a fun time and Halloween was no exceptional. Our clients made these ghoulish treats and our kids had so much fun trick-or-treating through the offices. Although being an addict is something serious, we take time to lighten up and enjoy fun times.

Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards-2015

“Honoring Tomorrow’s Leaders”
Join us for a 60-year tradition to celebrate of the achievements of women in the University of Rochester community and Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. The dinner is sponsored by the UR Women’s Club and the Susan B. Anthony Center.

The 2015 Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner was held on Saturday, February 7th, at 6:30 PM in the Staybridge Suites, located on 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY. The dinner is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in the University of Rochester community and is sponsored by the UR Women’s Club and the Anthony Center. Music to Celebrate Courageous Women by Vocal Point.

The Evening’s Program

Keynote Address by Pam Sherman.
pam shermanPam Sherman 
is an attorney, actor, writer, and leadership consultant was profiled in People Magazine about her career transition from attorney to actor. Today Sherman conducts programs and coaches business leaders in leadership communications.  Sherman is a keynote speaker about finding your EDGE™ in the best possible way, to: Explore, Dream, Grow, and Excite.  She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, law firms, advertising agencies, and is a highly-rated resource internationally for a variety of leadership groups, including, the Young Presidents’ Organization.  She has also been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Northwestern and American University among others. Her column, The Suburban Outlaw is published by Gannett. and

Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards-2016

“Honoring Tomorrow’s Leaders”
Join us for a 60-year tradition to celebrate of the achievements of women in the University of Rochester community and Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. The brunch is sponsored by the UR Women’s Club and the Susan B. Anthony Center.

The 2016 Susan B. Anthony Legacy Brunch was held on Saturday, February 6th, at 11:00 AM in the Staybridge Suites, located on 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY. The dinner is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in the University of Rochester community and is sponsored by the UR Women’s Club and the Anthony Center. Music to Celebrate Courageous Women by The Arvine Quartet.


The Day’s Program

Keynote Address by Tiffany Taylor Smith, M.S., Ed.D.

About Tiffany Taylor Smith:
Tiffany Taylor Smith, M.S. Ed. is founder of Culture Learning Partners, a consulting firm focused on working with schools, businesses and community organizations on building better cross-cultural relationships and cultural awareness.  She received her Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Rochester.  Prior to consulting she spent 10 years in human resource development, diversity, and sales management at Procter & Gamble. One of her final projects with P&G was to develop an internal system designed to retain and develop minority and women employees. Ms. Taylor Smith has presented and spoken about cultural competence and cultural conversations at conferences and workshops around the country. She is also currently working as an adjunct professor in child, adolescent and social psychology at Kean University. Ms. Taylor Smith has presented and spoken about cultural competence at conferences and workshops around the country. And co-authored an article published in Independent School magazine summer 2011 titled, “Embracing Culture, Teaching Change Strategies for Professional Development and Personal Growth.” Her upcoming book, “Welcome to America: The Unwritten Rules of Success in U.S. Culture” will be released in early 2016. Mrs. Taylor Smith resides in northern New Jersey, with her husband, Rick’92, and three daughters.

Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards-2017

Saturday, February 4th 
11:00 AM- 1:30 PM
Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom
500 University Ave.

The Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards are a 60-year tradition celebrating the achievements of women in the University of Rochester community and Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. Awards were presented to the 2017 winners to honor their academic and extracurricular achievements here at the University and in the community. In addition to presenting these awards, the Frederick Douglass Medal was presented by the Office of the President to Constance (Connie) Mitchell. This year the brunch was co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the University of Rochester Women’s Club.



University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Medal: Constance (Connie) Mitchell

University of Rochester Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Awards:

Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award: Seyvion Scott

Fannie Bigelow Prize: Miriam KohnGiovanna Braganza

Jane R. Plitt Award: Laura Cowie-Haskell

Sue S. Stewart Award: Jamie Rudd

Susan B. Anthony Prize: Jing Wang

Susan B. Anthony Scholarship: Meghan PatrickYareni Sime



Constance (Connie) Mitchell
Frederick Douglass Medal Recipient

In 1961, ignoring death threats, Connie Mitchell became the first woman and first African-American elected to the Monroe County Board of Supervisors, predecessor to the Monroe County Board Legislature. This historic election made headlines across the country as she then held the highest public office of any African American woman in the United States. Mrs. Mitchell provided a voice for many community members who were not empowered to speak on their own behalf due fear of discrimination or reprisal. During her two terms, her tenacious advocacy led to job creation and improvements in housing and education and solidified her role as a civil rights leader in the Rochester community.

Following her time on the board, she continued to advocate for civil rights, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama and Washington, D.C. She also became a close friend and frequent correspondent of Malcolm X, who stayed at her home during his visit to Rochester in February 1965, five days before his assassination. From 1978 to 1989, she served as Program Director of the City School District’s PRISM (Program for Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Mathematics) which was developed in response to a national challenge to increase the number of minority students capable of becoming successful engineers.

Connie and her husband, John Mitchell, were co-founders of Action for a Better Community, which is now considered a leading community action agency creating self-sufficiency opportunities for low-income individuals and families. She also served in numerous leadership positions for organizations in the community including United Way, Urban League of Rochester, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Crime Stoppers. She was the first female elected to the Board of Directors of Rochester Community Savings Bank (Citizens Bank) and Rochester Gas Electric Company.

The Frederick Douglass Medal
Frederick Douglass Medal, established in 2008, honors individuals who, through outstanding achievement, represent the ideals for which Mr. Douglass stood and who have contributed to the educational life at the University or in the community, state, or nation. The medal is awarded in two categories:  to a distinguished scholar whose work treats African or African-American life and culture or to a distinguished civic leader whose life and work can be characterized as embodying a commitment to freedom and rights for all citizens, including African-Americans.

Inaugural recipients of medals in the category of distinguished civic leader were David Kearns and Walter Cooper.  Recently, the medal was awarded to Frederick C. Jefferson Jr.


Giovanna Braganza
Fannie Bigelow Prize

Giovanna was born and raised in Queens, NY and loves traveling and writing creatively in her spare time, especially writing and performing poetry. She is a senior graduating with the Class of 2017 majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry and an interdisciplinary minor in global health & social justice. At the University of Rochester, Giovanna is most notably involved in GlobeMed, through which she has been able to participate in local campaigning, tutoring and global health programs designed to empower women through education. Her educational aspirations have been fueled by her passion to pursue a career in social advocacy, biomedical science, preventative medicine and human rights. She hopes to continue her education through an MD/MPH program.


Laura Cowie-Haskell
Jane R. Plitt Award

Laura is a junior studying anthropology with concentrations in Spanish and brain & cognitive science. She has participated on the executive boards of College Feminists and Students for a Democratic Society and was a founding member of She’s The First, a club that raises funds for girls’ education in developing countries. Last spring, Laura directed the Vagina Monologues, which raised $3,400 for the Sojourner House, a local shelter for women and their children. Last summer she was an Urban Fellow working at a summer school in Rochester that combats summer learning loss and promotes cultural empowerment. Laura hopes to continue women’s leadership abroad this semester while studying gender and migration in Morocco. She is very grateful to the Susan B. Anthony Center and University of Rochester for promoting leadership and activism in regards to women’s rights and social justice.


Miriam Kohn
Fannie Bigelow Prize

Miriam is a class of 2017 linguistics major from Portland, OR. On campus, she is president of the Debate Union, president of the Speaking Fellows (a group of public speaking and interview tutors), secretary of the Outing Club, and a research assistant at the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. She is also a member of the Linguistics Department’s Morphosyntax Reading and Research Group and the Linguistics Undergraduate Council.


Meghan Patrick
Susan B. Anthony Scholarship

Meghan is the president of the Society of Women Engineers, where she works to enhance the professional and academic development of women in STEM of all ages through planning conferences and community outreach events. She is also a member of the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and a performer in the student-run musical performance group Off Broadway, On Campus. Currently, Meghan is continuing her mechanical engineering degree with a minor in computer science abroad in Madrid, Spain. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in environmental sustainability.


Jamie Rudd
Sue S. Stewart Award

Jamie is an anthropology and English double major from Madras, OR and hopes to pursue a career in community development. During her time at the University of Rochester she has been an active member of the Campus Times and Students Helping Honduras, spent a semester studying development and social justice in Thailand, and has taken a variety of community-engaged learning courses. She has spent two summers with the Rochester Urban Fellows Program, first as a 2015 fellow and then as the 2016 program leader and Wilson Day of Service coordinator. This fall she assisted with community outreach and program development as an intern at Rochester Literary Center Writers & Books.


Seyvion Scott
Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award

Seyvion is a first-generation student studying African & African-American studies and clustering in music and brain & cognitive sciences. Her hobbies include singing, listening to music, journaling, and reading. Seyvion’s goals are to graduate, help eradicate barriers that hinder urban upward mobility, and to write a personal memoir that will inspire others.


Yareni Sime
Susan B. Anthony Scholarship

Yareni is a first-generation college student and Dominican American from Brooklyn, NY. At the University of Rochester, she is a dual major in public health and psychology. Outside the classroom, she is vice president of the Spanish and Latino Students’ Association (SALSA), a trainer for Students Wanting Alcohol Responsibly Monitored (SWARM), a member of the Health Promotion Office’s Peer Health Advocacy Team, and a student supervisor at Rush Rhees Library’s Q & i Desk. She is a Brady and Ronald E. McNair scholar, and she is honored and grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship as well. Yareni is currently studying abroad in London through IES’s Health Practice and Policy program.


Jing Wang
Susan B. Anthony Prize

Jing is a take five student majoring in neuroscience. She is currently the president of Golden Key Honor Society, a Freshman Fellow, and a research assistant at the Medical Center. In the past, she has served as a tutor and workshop leader. In her spare time, she likes to play cello in music ensembles and volunteer at a local hospice center. Jing is going to medical school next year, and she is excited to embark on a new chapter in her life.

Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards-2018

To celebrate the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, honor her legacy, and celebrate the achievement of contemporary women.

The Susan B. Anthony Center presents its Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Leader Award as well as the University-wide undergraduate women’s leadership awards annually at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards Celebration. The University of Rochester Women’s Club administers the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship and Prize. Award descriptions are below. The Rochester Center for Community Leadership at the College offers the Center administrative support to manage the application process for the Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Awards (visit their page here.)

Past Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award Celebrations


Professional Women’s Awards-

Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award
The Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1997 by the Susan B. Anthony Center to honor and celebrate women whose lives have been enriched by their years at the University of Rochester and who have, in turn, inspired other women to advance and lead. Nominees are faculty, staff, trustees and/or alumnae who have achieved significant professional stature and influence; have a commendable, trailblazing body of work; and, who have used their experience and skills to help other women advance as leaders. Nominees should have a strong affiliation with the University of Rochester and a “lifetime” of significant achievements. The award is given annually to one woman. Nomination form and details (download). Nominations open until Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award was established in 2018 by the Susan B. Anthony Center to recognize a female leader who is in the early stages of her career. Candidates have made significant contributions to and have strong engagement in the community, demonstrate strong leadership ability, and exhibit high potential for collaboration. Overall, the emerging leader is dedicated to making a positive impact in the University of Rochester and or Rochester-area community. Candidates should have an affiliation with the University of Rochester (staff, faculty, alumna, or community partners). The award is given annually to one woman. Nomination form and details (download). Nominations open until Wednesday, December 5, 2018.


University-wide Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Awards-

Susan B. Anthony Scholarship
Susan B. Anthony’s friends and family first endowed a scholarship in her honor in 1900. The initial $1000 fund was enough to generate $50 a year to provide a full scholarship to a deserving woman student. In the 1920s, Lucy Anthony, Anthony’s niece, made another donation to insure the fund would continue to meet the full cost of annual tuition and fees—$250.

Women students at the University have always felt a special bond to Anthony. They were honor guards at her funeral in 1906 and, in 1946, the women’s Student Association voted to sponsor an annual Susan B. Anthony Day, scheduled to celebrate her February 15th birthday. A gala luncheon was held, awards were given and internationally renowned women were invited to speak to advance women’s rights.

The UR Women’s Club has sponsored this award since 1979. The Susan B. Anthony Scholarship is given to a woman in her junior year who has demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and commitment to her fellow students and community. A student’s financial need is taken into account.

Susan B. Anthony Prize
The Susan B. Anthony Prize is awarded to a graduating woman student who has shown exceptional leadership, academic excellence and involvement in student life. This prize is specifically for a senior enrolled in a five-year program (such as the 5th Year in Teaching, Take 5, 3+2, etc.). She may be a current fifth-year student or a student about to enter her fifth-year program. The UR Women’s Club has sponsored this award since 1979.

Fannie Bigelow Prize
Fannie Bigelow was a friend of Susan B. Anthony’s and a fellow-worker in the causes of women’s suffrage, education and independence. She fought on behalf of women prisoners in the Monroe County jail, worked at the Baden Street Settlement House and championed the creation of a Children’s Court in New York State, now the Family Court. Bigelow was chair of the Women’s Education Fund, the committee that raised the $50,000 required by the University trustees to underwrite women’s admission to UR in 1900.

In 1947, Bigelow’s sisters, nephews and grandniece endowed a fund at the University in her memory. The fund afforded silver trays to be given to an alumna and woman undergraduate. Presented on Susan B. Anthony Day, the student award would go to “an undergraduate upperclassman chosen on the basis of her individuality, her ability to form and express fearlessly, with conviction and sound judgment, her opinions on vital topics. She shall demonstrate that she participates in extra-curricular activities because she sincerely believes in their value to the college community beyond their purely social worth.”

The silver trays became a single scholarship to an undergraduate at the recommendation of the Alumnae Traditions Committee in 1972.

Jane R. Plitt Award
Given in honor of a present day, dynamic Rochesterian, the Jane R. Plitt Scholarship helps recognize and foster the progressive activism of some of Rochester’s most famous women. Jane Plitt led the local fight to make the Gannett newspapers’ help wanted ads gender neutral. As the National Organization for Women’s first executive director, she helped to open the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs to women. Plitt is a Visiting Scholar at the University. Her book, Martha Matilda Harper: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2000.

Ms. Plitt’s sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Richard Kossoff, endowed the scholarship in 1999 to be awarded to a woman undergraduate who is a leader dedicated to constructive social change in her community.

Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award
Sponsored by the University of Rochester Class of 1960 “City Girls”, inspired by Dean Ruth A. Merrill (dean of women 1954 – 1960), this award is presented to an undergraduate woman who has grown up in the Greater Rochester region. The recipient of this award is an ardent advocate for the Rochester region and participates in University and community activities that promote the overall well-being of the residents of Rochester. She seeks to address the disparity of opportunities which currently exist for many people, and to make a difference through her own civic commitment and that of other University students she engages in the work. Applicants must be in good academic (2.0 G.P.A. or higher)and disciplinary standing. This need- based award will be presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Legacy Brunch. Applications will only be sent to students with financial need as defined by the Financial Aid Office.

Sue S. Stewart Award
Also known as the Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award, this award, made annually, recognizes a senior woman undergraduate student whose life in the University has been distinguished by a commitment to justice, equality, and community service, as these relate to diversity and inclusion, particularly in the lives of girls and women; and whose activities reflect the spirit of these principles and dedication to these qualities as expressed and inspired by the life and career of former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Rochester, Sue Stewart.