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Schechter Fellowship

Honoring the Past while Building the Future

Susan Schechter Social Action Seminar offered for a second time at Simmons College School of Social Work

Watch the 2009 Students in Action! (Video)

Social Action Seminar Students take their knowledge on the road!

Leadership Development Awards Announced

Susan Schechter Leadership Development Individual Fellowship

Read more about our current fellow Patricia Duncan Hall and her work in researching the early childhood development needs of children exposed to domestic violence.

Project Updates on the 2005 and 2006 Fellows

2010 Schechter Social Action Class

The Susan Schechter Leadership Development Fellowship has been created to honor the rich history of dedication, ingenuity and compassion that are the hallmarks of the movement to end violence against women and children. It will strengthen and expand the knowledge base about how best to address violence in families, and foster new generations of leadership in the movement to stop violence against women and children.

Fellows are entering this work at a crucial historical moment that Susan Schechter herself best understood: a mature social movement that has yet to accomplish the goal of stopping the violence. Shortly before she was diagnosed with cancer, Susan wrote:

"As I work within the movement today, I am still amazed at what has been accomplished, surprised and disappointed by what we fail to foresee, and awed by the passion, pain and renewal in the work of liberating women from tyranny and violence. Luckily for me, revelations continue. May they also continue for those who come next!"
Susan Schechter, April 2003. Published in Violence Against Women: Classic Papers (Allyn & Bacon, 2005)

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