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Black Girls Becoming Summer Institute

Summer 2022

Black Girls Becoming is the first research and enrichment program of its kind that is centered on understanding the impacts, both positive and negative, on Black students and is helping to advance the life outcomes of Black girls in the larger society. Created and designed by Black women faculty at Vanderbilt from chemistry, education, and sociology, Black Girls Becoming engages rising 7th and 8th grade Black girls in a sequence of workshops to illuminate and promote Black girl joy, brilliance, and magic. Black Girls Becoming offers:  

  • A two-week residential living and learning community experience model  
  • Opportunities for Black girls to learn about themselves and their peers through rigorous study of the self  
  • A holistic curriculum with workshops in science, critical consciousness, the arts, and financial literacy

You can support the Black Girls Becoming Summer Research Institute by making a donation online! The link to do so is: https://admin.app.vanderbilt.edu/olga/pub/landing?appealCode=AEW04

Donations made to the Black Girls Becoming Summer Institute are a gift to Vanderbilt University and are tax-deductible!

Thanks to supporters like you, 25 Black girls will be able to engage in a Wakandian (Black Panther) experience of Black excellence and intergenerational Black Girl Magic. The curriculum for Black Girls Becoming was inspired by a desire to offer Black girls an opportunity to live and learn in an environment of representation; accordingly, all the instructors, chaperones, teaching assistants, and the leadership team are Black women, specifically chosen for their deep desire to enrich the lives of Black girls and women in society.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Student Sponsorship – $1,750
Covers the cost of students’ chaperoning, dining, and housing accommodations throughout the Institute.
BENEFITS INCLUDE:
• Framed photo of participants, sponsors, and leadership team (valued at $95.00)
• Invitation to Closing Luncheon/Awards Ceremony (valued at $125.00)
• Commemorative visual experience of Black Girls Becoming Summer Institute (valued at $50.00)
• Black Girls Becoming Institute Presentation Poster Print (valued at $35.00)
• Exhibition table at event workshops to offer promotional materials related to the curriculum of the Research Institute.

Instructor Sponsorship – $750
Covers the cost of an instructor’s participation in the institute (materials, use of research laboratories, and misc. expenses).
BENFITS INCLUDE:
• Invitation to Closing Luncheon/Awards Ceremony (valued at $125.00)
• Exhibition table at event workshops to offer promotional materials related to the curriculum of the Research Institute.

Open Donations ANY Level
BENEFITS INCLUDE:
• Meeting with leadership to discuss long-term partnering
• Opportunity to connect with other areas of our programming