Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research

Date: November 14, 2016
To: University Community
From: Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost
Re: Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research

Sharon Davies

Sharon A. Davies

Wendy Smooth

Wendy G. Smooth

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that the White House invited The Ohio State University to join a national consortium to develop new opportunities for scholarly research that closes the gap in our knowledge around women and girls of color.  We joined the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research, along with 50 colleges, seminaries, research institutions. These institutions have already pledged more than $75 million to the initiative during the next five years.

Nationally, the program will be led by the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls.  Two university leaders, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Sharon A. Davies and Dr. Wendy G. Smooth, associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will coordinate our efforts to support current faculty who already work on this issue and keep an eye on growing a community of scholars in this area.

Joining the Collaborative lends our voice to a national conversation of great significance.  Along with President Drake’s 2020 Vision, the Collaborative is yet another way to build the research pipeline of women and girls of color and demonstrates our commitment to inclusive excellence.

Further news will be shared about how to join this important initiative in the near future.