About

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.

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Watch the White House announcement launching the Collaborative on November 15, 2016.

Research about women and girls of color is still marginal, can be difficult to access, and is insufficiently integrated into policy-making processes. This research deficit has meaningful consequences for the lives of women and girls of color. Addressing that deficit requires the partnership and commitment of a wide coalition.

Collaborative members make commitments to and invest resources in research at their own institution over the next 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.

The Collaborative currently has more than 50 members whose combined financial commitments at their own institutions to support and produce research totals more than $75 million.

Our Members

    • Collaborative members acknowledge the critical need for increased research investigating women and girls of color and the value this research holds in advancing equity for women and girls of color.
    • Collaborative members make commitments to support and improve research about women and girls of color at their own institution, with commitments varying according to the unique mission, structure, and resources of each member.
    • Collaborative members work independently and collectively to build broad and deep efforts to establish a landscape of existing scholarship and to identify and address research areas needing greater focus; to provide and seek resources to support opportunities for research; and to establish, support, and extend partnerships with one another and other institutions to advance research addressing women and girls of color.

History

The Collaborative was launched at the White House on November 13, 2015 at the conference “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.” This conference was co-hosted by the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the White House Council on Women and Girls.

The Collaborative launched as a coalition of 24 organizations and institutions and has grown to more than 50 members with a collective aggregated commitment of more than $75 million for research by and addressing the lives of women and girls of color.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center has committed to serve as the administrator of the Collaborative through 2020.

Latest from Collaborative Members

Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research Members Respond to Executive Order

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring entry to the United States for all refugees and citizens from seven countries with majority Muslim populations.

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

The Collaborative’s 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.

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​Ohio State joins national initiative to increase research about women and girls of color

“Building and enhancing the research pipeline on women and girls of color is another demonstration of how we are working to advance excellence through diversity.”

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New IWPR Report: Girls and Young Women of Color: Where They Are in the United States

“Of the 14.1 million girls and young women of color, age 10–24, in the United States, 40.7% live in the South, 23.2% in the Pacific West, 14.9% in the Northeast, 10.4% in East North Central, 7.3% in the Mountain West, and 3.5% in West North Central.”

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Marquette issues Request for Proposals for Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant

The RFP is now available for Marquette University faculty.

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University of Virginia to host Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather an interdisciplinary network of scholars to frame the emerging field of black girl history.

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Virginia Tech hosting Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference

The FWCA conference offers women of color faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country.

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