Women’s research, policy and advocacy centers have long been a driving force in efforts to create more diverse institutions, especially in higher education. Yet the fields of women’s research and women’s studies have themselves not been diverse, and too often their leadership has not reflected the vision, energies, perspectives, and concerns of women of color.
To help address this challenge, the Council launched a two-year project (2008-2009): Diversifying the Leadership of Women’s Research, Policy, and Advocacy Centers. The project was designed to increase the number of women of color at all professional levels at select policymaking, advocacy, and research centers, and to identify best practices for promoting their leadership within their institutions and in the field more generally.
The six centers chosen for implementing projects:
- Center for Research on Gender & Sexuality, San Francisco State
- Southwest Women’s Law Center, Albuquerque, NM
- Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB)
- Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), Simmons School of Management, Boston, MA
- Women’s Studies Program, Miami University of Ohio
- Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
The National Council for Research on Women gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ford Foundation for this
project. Additional support was provided by the home institutions of five of the project participants: Miami University
of Ohio; Simmons School of Management; the University of Massachusetts, Boston; the University of Oregon; and
San Francisco State University.