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Black Girls Becoming Summer Institute

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

June 5 – 17, 2022 was the inaugural summer institute for BGB and it was a success! Read more about the program’s first year here. 

Dr. Nicole M. Joseph, the Director of BGB, is in negotiations with Vanderbilt research and other funding sources seeking to continue the program in years to come.

Dr. Joseph and Kimberlyn Ellis, third-year PhD student in the Graduate Program in Human Genetics, are conducting a 9-year longitudinal study of the 19 girls that participated in the Summer 2022 cohort. To support this effort and other programming and research efforts, please support the Black Girls Becoming Summer Research Institute by making a donation online! The link to do so is:

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