The University of Minnesota is participating in a National Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research. This partnership, which is coordinated by the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and which was initially inspired by the White House Council on Women and Girls, foregrounds research on and with women and girls of color to create conditions in which they can thrive. You can read more about the effort in a recent report, Putting Women and Girls of Color at the Center: Shifting the Tide of Research Through Institutional Leadership and Sustained Investments.
To launch the Women and Girls of Color and Indigenous Women and Girls Initiative, we hosted three "Critical Conversations" with community members and University faculty about topics that are vitally important to the well being of women and girls of color in Minnesota. The Initiative provided seed funding to nine Community-University engagement and research partnerships.
As part of the University of Minnesota's efforts, the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) conducted an action research engagement process that was commissioned by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to develop a Blueprint for Action for the Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota. The Blueprint along with a full qualitative report surfaced wisdom about it what it means to thrive from young women color, American Indian young women, LGBTQ youth, young women with disabilities and young women from Greater Minnesota. Those reports are available here.
We are dedicated to fostering connections between community organizations and University of Minnesota partners to advance conditions in which women and girls of color can thrive in Minnesota.