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.


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 across the United States.

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.


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 in it’s first year grew 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.

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