Howard University Forms The Consortium to Advance Equity for Women and Girls of Color

The Howard University Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership has received support from Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, to develop innovative research and strong, sustainable, multinational global partnerships.

Pivotal Ventures’ support will primarily be used to establish The Consortium, a national collaborative using intersectional frameworks to center the experiences of Black women and girls through positive narratives and empowerment. The Consortium is anticipated as a partnership between the Howard University Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership, African American Policy Forum, National Birth Equity Collaborative, and The Policy Academies. The Consortium will provide innovative research, data, and programming to advance gender equity and close the achievement gaps for women of color.

Additionally, the center plans to launch an annual HBCU conference on women and leadership. This conference will bring together scholars who are women of color across the United States to engage on the important topics of women and gender issues and compile research into special editions of peer-reviewed journals, edited books, anthologies, and other creative works.

“To help tackle some of the problems affecting women and families in the United States today, we must support more innovative solutions and provide more resources,” said Ada Williams Prince, director of program strategy and investment for Pivotal Ventures. “We envision a world where women and girls of color have a chance to contribute, participate, and live a better life.”


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