We've seen what women can accomplish when they tell their stories. 2017-2018 also has been a year for exploring The Story of the Charlotte Girl. The Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC Charlotte, in collaboration with community partners, has been exploring issues that affect girls and their families here in Charlotte. From body image to STEM education, from economic mobility to violence, we have examined issues that can create barriers to success – or shatter them.


Every two years, we host a Summit that brings together government officials, business representatives, community advocates, nonprofit leaders, and others to learn about and discuss important issues in the lives of women and girls. This year’s biennial Summit is on April 4 & 5, 2018 at UNC Charlotte. The focus of the Summit will be the tools and strategies that can be used to better advocate for policies and programs that can improve the lives of girls in our community – including how to support girls in being their OWN advocates and advocates for the communities they wish to build!


Featuring panels on topics as diverse as the power of story, how to use data effectively to advocate for change, and collaboration stronger impact, the Summit also will provide opportunities for UNC Charlotte students to share their community-drive projects. Highlights also include a lunch plenary featuring girls making a difference in our community and an evening keynote (co-sponsored with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program) featuring national expert, Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown, author of Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists. Dr. Brown will give a talk called Creating the World We Want: The Power of Intergenerational Activism. Finally, on Day 2, we will offer two invite-only workshops: Write to Change the World - A Workshop for Girls 15-19 with The Op-Ed Project and “More Art Than Science": Scaffolding Intergenerational Girl-Driven Activism with Dr. Brown.