The Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research

November 24, 2015

The Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research is a voluntary affiliation of American colleges, universities, professional schools, seminaries, research programs, publishers, and public interest institutions committed to taking meaningful action to support and improve research about women and girls of color.

This collaborative is responsive to a call for action in conjunction with a national conference hosted at the White House by the Anna Julia Cooper Center of Wake Forest University and the White House Council on Women and Girls in November, 2015. This Collaborative serves as a national model of substantive action, best practices, and sustained partnerships to advance equity through research about women and girls of color.

Women of color will constitute more than half of all women in the United States by 2050, but are infrequently the central subjects of scholarly inquiry. This re- search deficit has meaningful consequences for the ways our institutions con- tribute to public discourse and policymaking. This Collaborative seeks to address that deficit.

The specific form of commitments from the undersigned institutions vary according to the unique mission, structure, and resources of each institutions. Together we recognize and affirm a shared commitment to generating new knowledge through rigorous scholarship, cultivation of a diverse academic pipeline, and sustained effort to build and implement a research agenda. Recognizing the imperative to act, the undersigned commit to the following:

  1. Publicly acknowledging, via membership in this Collaborative, the critical need for increased research investigating women and girls of color and the value of this research holds in advancing equity for women and girls of color.
  2. New or continued support for specific actions on our campus or in our institution that contributes to meaningful research endeavors engaging and addressing women and girls of color. The specific form of our commitments will vary according to the unique mission, structure, and resources of each institutions.
  3. Conducting a review of the existing research efforts at our institutions and sharing the results of that self-study with members of the Collaborative in order to establish a landscape of existing scholarship, share best practices, and identify areas needing enhanced attention.


Dr. Rogan Kersh
Provost, Wake Forest University

Dr. Kevin Dunn
Vice Provost, Tufts University

Dr. Thanassis Rikakis
Executive Vice President and Provost, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall
President, Bennett College

Dr. Richard M. Locke
Provost, Brown University

Dr. Patricia E. Beeson
Provost, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Cheryl Healton
Dean, New York University College of Global Public Health

Linda D. Hallman
Chief executive officer, American Association of University Women

Dr. Thomas C. Katsouleas
Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Virginia

Dr. Cathy Cohen
Director, Black Youth Project of the University of Chicago

Dr. Debbie Walsh
Director, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Poltics, Rutgers University

Reverend Dr. Katharine Henderson
President, Auburn Theological Seminary

Dr. Susan Kornbluth
Provost, Duke University

Mark Zuckerman
President, The Century Foundation

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Dr. Lee Bolinger
President, Columbia University

Deborah Richardson
Interim CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Dr. Susan Herbst
President, University of Connecticut

Dr. Warwick A. Arden
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University

Dr. Alton Pollard
Dean, Howard University School of Divinity

Dr. Jonathan Metzl
Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor and Publisher, The Nation

Gayatri Patnaik
Executive Editor, Beacon Press