Institutional Leaders Commit More Than $75 Million to Research By and About Women and Girls of Color

Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research

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Institutional Leaders Commit More Than $75 Million to Research By and About Women and Girls of Color

(December 20, 2016) More than 50 leading institutions and organizations across the United States are engaged in a multi-year commitment to invest in research by, for, and about the lives of women and girls of color. On Friday, December 16th, the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research released their first annual report documenting the groundbreaking work — including new research, postdoctoral positions, and evidence-based initiatives — that members have accomplished in their first of a five-year commitment to make direct investments in research-based work that centers the lives of women and girls of color.

The Collaborative, a national coalition of institutions of higher education, research, advocacy, and practice committed to supporting and advancing research addressing the lives of women and girls of color, was first announced at the White House in November 2015 as a coalition of 24 institutions with a collective commitment of $18 million through 2020. In its first year Collaborative membership more than doubled and the total budgetary commitments more than quadrupled, growing to 55 members with more than $75 million in independent commitments.

The first annual report, Putting Women And Girls Of Color At The Center: Shifting The Tide Of Research Through Institutional Leadership and Sustained Investments, includes information about the work accomplished at each institution over the past year, providing models of substantive, meaningful investments made by multiple types of institutions including colleges and universities, community-based organizations, publishers, and advocacy and policy organizations.

“Scholars and institutions of the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research believe the lives of women and girls of color must be at the center of historical, social, political, economic, scientific, cultural, and artistic inquiry,” Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, writes in the report’s introduction. “Provosts, deans, directors, and other institutional leaders have publicly acknowledged the need for research investigating women and girls of color and the value of this research in advancing equity for women and girls of color. By joining the Collaborative, they have declared that this research is an institutional priority.”

The investments and initiatives highlighted in the report include: new postdoctoral fellowships and faculty positions; undergraduate and graduate student research support; STEM pipeline programs and research initiatives; community-based participatory research; the development of new quantitative and qualitative data and research material; the generation of research-based policy solutions; the utilization of research approaches that position girls and women of color as the experts on their own lives; and the translation of research into community-centered information, programs, and initiatives.

The Collaborative announced the report release and updated commitments at the White House on December 16, 2016 at the final public event hosted by the Obama administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls. The Council on Women and Girls co-hosted the November 2015 event where the Collaborative was launched, and included the work of the Collaborative in their final report “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: 2016 Updated Report” which was also released on Friday.

 

About the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research

The Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research is a national coalition of institutions in the United States committed to taking meaningful action to support and improve research addressing the lives of women and girls of color. Collaborative members make commitments to and invest resources in research at their own institution for a minimum of five years, and work collaboratively with other members to build new connections, share promising practices, and support the advancement of research addressing the lives of women and girls of color. Wake Forest University currently serves as the Collaborative’s institutional administrator. Learn more about the Collaborative at http://equitythroughresearch.com/.

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