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Know Her Truths: Advancing Justice for Women & Girls of Color

The Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University is hosting a national conference focused on the lives of women and girls of color. The conference will bring together scholars, students, community organizations, researchers, policy makers, foundations, and activists for an intensive series of discussions about the circumstances, challenges, and opportunities facing women and girls of color.

This conference is part of an initiative to develop a meaningful research agenda on women and girls of color. Conversations will address what we know about the lives of women and girls of color, the deficits in our knowledge, and the meaningful ways in which increased knowledge about the lives of women and girls of color can influence our policy and political landscape.

Research offers a foundation that informs our nation’s policymakers, leads us to ask new questions and develop creative solutions, and shapes narratives, discourse, and our understanding of the world. The lives of women and girls of color are too infrequently placed at the center of investigations of social, political, and economic questions, creating a meaningful deficit of knowledge about the specific circumstances, challenges, and opportunities women and girls of color face.

What should a national research agenda for women and girls of color include? How do we include multi-sector partners? How do we establish models of accountable, community-based research? How do communities, policy makers, foundations, and other representatives access research to affect change?

We define women and girls of color broadly and invite discussions that reflect meaningful diversity with attention to race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, region, class, and other salient identity points.

The conference will be livestreamed here.

We are ready to ask tough questions, to demand recognition of those often rendered invisible, to assert the importance of intellectual inquiry for its own sake, and to believe that scholarly work should have meaningful implications for the lives of those in the communities where we live and work.
— Melissa Harris-Perry, Founding Director, Anna Julia Cooper Center

About the Anna Julia Cooper Center

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University with a mission of advancing justice through intersectional scholarship.

The AJC Center supports, generates, and communicates innovative research at the intersections of gender, race, and place, sustaining relationships between partners on campus and throughout the nation in order to ask new questions, reframe critical issues, and pursue equitable outcomes.

The AJC Center supports a postdoctoral fellowship and undergraduate research; convenes faculty, researchers, and community through seminars and roundtable discussions; and hosts local and national events and residencies. The AJC Center is the administrator of the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research, and is currently leading a national initiative to produce a research agenda addressing the lives of women and girls of color in partnership with academic, community, foundation, and federal representatives.

The Center is named for scholar, educator, and author Anna Julia Cooper, whose pioneering scholarship and activism laid the foundation for black American feminism and insisted on the importance of Southern voices in American politics.

Who is most knowledgeable about the experience of being a young woman of color? The answer is undoubtedly young women of color themselves.
— Amanda R. Matos, Co­-Chair, Young Women’s Advisory Council, New York City Young Women’s Initiative