The Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research is a voluntary affiliation 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.
Collaborative members make commitments to 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.
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 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 first announced on November 13, 2015 at the conference "Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade."