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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
Executive Editor, Beacon Press