About the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership

We focus on gender issues that women of color are facing in the U.S. and across the world.

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The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership (CWGGL) at Howard University is an interdisciplinary program with a vision to be a Center of Excellence for Black women and Black feminist consciousness, activism, and global leadership. The Center aims to meet this vision through programming that promotes transformational leadership, global engagement, research, service learning, and building impactful partnerships. The mission of the Center is to promote global excellence for Black women and gender issues, feminist activism, and transformational leadership through global engagement, research, service learning, and impactful partnerships.

The Center's mission meets the Howard University Strategic plan, Howard Forward, and the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) Strategic Plan through the following:

Strategic Goal #1

Innovative and action-oriented interdisciplinary research (Howard Forward #3 Inspiring New Knowledge; COAS Strategic Plan #2 Modernize Academic Programs, #3 Establish New Interdisciplinary Research Centers of Excellence)

Strategic Goal #2

Promoting excellence and innovative programming on women and gender issues (Howard Forward #1 Academic Excellence; COAS Strategic Plan #2 Modernize Academic Programs, #3 Establish New Interdisciplinary Research Centers of Excellence)

Strategic Goal #3

Developing strong and sustainable multinational global partnerships (Howard Forward #4; COAS Strategic Plan #1)

Strategic Goal #4

Promoting student learning through community engagement (Howard Forward #2 Serving the Community; COAS Strategic Plan #4 Formalize domestic and international experiential learning)

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Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission

An interdisciplinary global center of excellence for Black women and gender issues, feminist activism, and transformational leadership through global engagement, research, service learning, and impactful partnerships. 

Vision

To be a Center of Excellence on Black women and Black feminist consciousness, activism, and global leadership. 

Resilience

We seek to establish a dynamic community of confident and competent students grounded in intersecting gender consciousness, who uplift their communities by raising awareness on women and gender issues, promoting female leadership, and advocating for women's equal and equitable representation across all sectors.

Integrity

We foster transparency and accountability through innovative programming and preparing world leaders guided by ethical standards of care. 

Service

We provide service to our students, faculty, and community through local and global outreach by advocating for universal issues, particularly those impacting the lives of women of color in the United States and the global African Diaspora.   

Excellence

We dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, scholarship, and global advocacy.  

Structure and Governance

The Center will use a shared governance model that allows different constituencies to participate in the decision-making processes. Shared governance allows for collective buy-in and increases the chances of sustainability.  

 Faculty and Student Bodies

The Center will promote faculty and student engagement through the "Collective" groups of individuals interested in women and gender issues. The faculty Collective has been in existence and in operation since 2016 and will be brought under the Center. 

 All parties shall work collaboratively. The Center Director shall exercise executive administrative decision-making authority. 

 The interdisciplinary Center engages students and faculty through multiple programs and events around four pillars. 

Pillar One: Student Engagement

This pillar focuses primarily on students by developing academic programs, events, professional opportunities, and global engagement linkages that foster student awareness on women and gender-related issues. 

Pillar Two: Faculty Engagement

This pillar includes the Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaborative Networks (IFCN) that bring together faculty across the university to engage in action-oriented research, new program development, and grant applications student-oriented programming. Faculty and students engage through formalized mentoring programs, faculty-sponsored research, and courses for the Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, approved in Fall 2020 by COAS. As part of faculty programming, the Center Director oversees the newly approved Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, housed in the COAS Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDSP). The Director of the Center works to streamline the Center's activities to help students in the Minor meet their Capstone and internship requirements through the Center's partner organizations.  The Minor is structured according to the course offerings in the IDSP. 

Pillar Three: Community Service

Develop programs to meet the needs of the Black community in Washington, DC, and other Black communities nationally. The strategic focus on what forms of community engagement the Center focuses on is put in place by the Center's Faculty Council, responsible for drafting the Center's Strategic Plan, in line with the University and COAS strategic plans. Community service involves students working with faculty and community groups. 

Pillar Four: Global Engagement

The Center's global engagement mission includes building strategic alliances and partnerships with other bodies, including higher education institutions, business, corporate entities, and international organizations. The focus of these institutional linkages is on institutions across Africa and the Black Diaspora. The Center's global engagement activities and programs are tailored to meet the Center's core mission.