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Scholars Program

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Scholars Program

Statues of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Scholars Program’s main mission is to train pediatricians and support their development in understanding and addressing health inequity.

The Program will engage diverse and expert community faculty representing child and adolescent health in multidisciplinary fields such as education, literacy, family systems, trauma, and mental health.

Scholars will learn the skills they need to advocate for policy level change addressing health inequity.

  • Susan B. Anthony Scholars will focus on gendered inequities for groups historically underrepresented in medicine: women and LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Frederick Douglass Scholars will focus on racial and ethnic inequities for groups historically underrepresented in medicine: Black, Latinx, and American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals.

We anticipate that our Scholars will have a broad range of interests in health equity, ranging from research into sickle cell disease, collaboration with community agencies to create policy change to reduce Black maternal/child mortality, or promoting education within our own health systems to better address the health care needs of our diverse communities. Scholars will include tenets of community-based approaches and include community voices in planning and dissemination even for projects working within the academic health center. The Scholars program is framed within the Biopsychosocial Model, in which health is viewed as all-encompassing and occurring well outside of our health systems in the communities where children live, study, and play.

Two groups of trainee Scholars will be supported by the program.

  • Track-based Scholars will center health equity in their work, including residents in project-based tracks and fellowship program scholarly work.
  • Advocacy-based Scholars will have opportunities for mentorship, support, and connection with advocacy projects, as well as providing feedback for ongoing Departmental initiatives around diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Each Scholar will have a mentorship team from across the Department, Medical Center, and University. This may include faculty from the River Campus Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, faculty from URMC Public Health Sciences, and a core mentor from the department of Pediatrics. We anticipate that Scholars will be able to present their work at both regional and national meetings.

The Scholars program has endowed funding that will provide each Scholar with the resources that they need to be successful in their work, despite limitations imposed on the institution due to COVID. In the future we hope to grant each Scholar discrete individual funding, but at this time will discuss budgetary needs as projects develop.

Susan B. Anthony Institute and Frederick Douglass Institute “Certificate” Programs

These are optional designations available to our Scholars. If pursuing these certificates, each requires 4 or more specified classes. Our Scholars could meet these requirements as follows:

  • Care Block (PM 494 LEND, 3 credits)
  • Independent study
  • 2 classes on River Campus over 2nd and 3rd year

Certificate Program Descriptions

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies offers a formal Graduate Certificate in African and African-American studies.

The institute is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Africa and its diaspora. This program brings together historical, cultural, psychological, economic, and political approaches and perspectives to the study of people of African descent in the Atlantic world, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

This certificate can be tailored to focus on either the humanities or the social science and, once complete, becomes part of the student's record.

The Susan B. Anthony Institute (SBAI) for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies offers a formal graduate certificate in gender, sexuality, and women's studies for students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Rochester.

This graduate certificate program provides:

  • Analyses of contemporary theoretical frameworks and methodologies
  • Historical perspectives on gender, sexuality, and women's studies within and across disciplines
  • Explorations of gender and sexuality issues as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, and more
  • Connections between academic and non-academic practices

The certificate becomes part of the student's record and serves to document training in gender, sexuality, and women's studies.


Kate Greenberg, M.D.
Vice Chair, Diversity and Culture Development, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Gender Health Services, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Phone: (585) 275-2964