Since 1993, the AAWI has sponsored three conferences: the AAWI 1st Annual Cross-Generational Conference in 1994, the Forum on the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women in 1995, and the 2nd National and International Conference on Black Women in the Academy in 1999. In addition, the AAWI has provided to numerous Howard University undergraduates career development guidance and opportunities through the AAWI Mentorship Program (funded initially by a grant from the Center for American Women in Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, the proposal was written with Howard University undergraduate student assistance), and also represented Howard University at the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Purpose. The African American Women's Institute's mission is to: 1) conceptualize and carryout quality research, 2) be an incubator for new theory, 3) encourage scholarship and teaching, 4) facilitate the publication and dissemination of information, 5) provide mentoring and support services, and 6) foster dialogue and debate about issues confronting African American women and their families.

Description. The African American Women's Institute at Howard University (AAWI) is housed on the University's main campus. The programmatic components of the AAWI can be divided into three categories: 1) research, 2) education/training, and 3) community service.

Research

  • Conduct funded primary research focused on African American women and their families

  • Conduct secondary analysis of datasets related to African American women and their families

  • Develop grant proposals

  • Develop interdisciplinary models that comprehensively and effectively address the concerns of the African American community

  • Provide analysis of policy issues concerning African American women and their families

  • Fund dissertation research focused on African American women and their families.

  • Forge interdisciplinary, collaborative linkages with other research and policy instutions and foundations (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, ongoing partnership with Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation, the Winds of Change Foundation)

  • Provide research support to the proposed Howard University Graduate Certificate Program in Women's Studies

  • Compile bibliographic research database of materials about African Americans, developed in partnership with the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

 

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May 2000