Ellie Hisama, founder of the Daughters initiative

In mid-2017, a group of faculty and students led by Principal Investigator Ellie Hisama (Department of Music, Columbia University) submitted a grant proposal to the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research (CAETR) at Columbia. The CAETR initiative is “committed to studying and addressing the educational, health and social services disparities faced by women and girls of color.” Hisama’s Co-Investigators were Zosha Di Castri, Miya Masaoka, and Lucie Vágnerová. Laina Dawes and Finola Merivale acted as Graduate Student Coordinators. Learn more about them on the People page.

CAETR is a nationwide initiative launched by the Obama White House, with fifty-five universities and non-profit organizations taking part. Columbia University’s Charter Membership in CAETR was started by Professors Farah Jasmine Griffin (English Department and Institute for Research in African American Studies; Board member of Brotherhood/Sister Sol) and Alondra Nelson (Sociology Department and Social Science Research Council). Further information about CAETR is available on the pages of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia and on the official pages of the CAETR initiative.

The inaugural workshop took place on April 28, 2018.

During summer 2018, the project won an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society to host another campus workshop in October 2018. Faculty and students from the Music Department and Sound Arts Program will once again collaborate to assist students in engaging with music as thinkers, composers, musicians, and producers.

The second Daughters of Harlem workshop will take place over two days, October 13 and 20, 2018, with a closing public performance of the students’ work on October 20. Now directed by Vágnerová and co-directed by Hisama with assistance from Merivale and Dawes, the second set of workshops will be led by Matthew D. Morrison, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, Sondra Woodruff, and Kamari Carter.