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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
The Women + Girls Research Alliance (W + GRA), a division of urbanCORE at UNC Charlotte, is pleased to announce new members of its Advisory Board. Bringing diverse and extensive experience in government and business, the new Board members share in W + GRA's mission to make a difference in the community by providing fair and unbiased data and analyses that can be used to improve the lives of women and girls in the greater Charlotte region.  Click here for more information

Women + Girls Research Alliance awarded funding for 2021 Summit

Friday, December 18, 2020
  The Women + Girls Research Alliance is partnering with Ally Financial to present a research summit in March 2021, focused on education, employment, health, the impact of COVID-19, and dialogue centered around the economic mobility of women and girls in our community.  Ally has awarded W+GRA a $10,000 grant to support the summit, a biennial event that brings together researchers, students, and community partners to focus on national, state and local issues affecting women and children. The 2021 event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10  from 8 am - 4 pm.  “The summit’...

Dr. Michelle Meggs joins W+GRA as new Executive Director

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The UNC Charlotte Women + Girls Research Alliance welcomes our new Executive Director, Dr. Michelle Meggs.  Dr. Meggs, whose diverse background includes work in academia, the nonprofit sector and ministry, envisions the W+GRA becoming the place for scholars across the state and nation to come together to advance gender equity and social mobility.  Dr. Meggs seeks to connect community organizations doing work on the ground with university researchers whose research relates to women’s health, economic security, employment, civic and political engagement and violence against women....

W+GRA presents research at Southeastern ECO event

Friday, October 23, 2015
2015 Summer Learning Lab participants Brooke Palmer and Alexis Brightman, both graduate students at UNC Charlotte, and W+GRA Executive Director Heather Brown, Ed.D., presented a poster on the W+GRA's new community-sourced research model at the 2015 Southeastern ECO event. The conference is sponsored by the Society for Community and Action. Their poster, and W+GRA-sponsored research, can be viewed on the W+GRA website. 

W+GRA Executive Director to present research at National Women's Studies Association Conference

Friday, October 23, 2015
Dr. Heather Brown, W+GRA Executive Director, will present a paper called “There’s always stomach on the table and then I gotta write!”: Physical Space, Body Consciousness, and Learning in Fat College Women Learners at the upcoming National Women's Studies Association annual conference on precarity. Brown's paper, part of a larger project exploring the lived experiences of fat women learners at the undergraduate level, analyzes what fat college women students say about how their interactions with physical classroom space affect their experiences as learners. According to...