Founded in December 2019

Black Researchers Collective

A collective of Black researchers equipping communities with research tools to be more civically engaged and policy informed.

Black women taking research to the streets.

Founded in December 2019

Black Researchers Collective

A collective of Black researchers equipping communities with research tools to be more civically engaged and policy informed.

Black women taking research to the streets.

Together We Heal

Building Collective Power Through Research

In these uncertain times, we urge every Chicagoan to do their part in fostering change throughout our city. On January 21, 2021, the Black Researchers Collective held their first virtual conversation to innovatively discuss building power through research as a tool of racial healing across Chicago.

Building Collective Power Through Research

Taking Research to the Streets

Centering Racial Equity

Our Vision

To use multidisciplinary talent, skills, dedication, and a racial equity lens to develop a community of Black researchers that can strategically inform policy to empower community self-determination and action.

Decolonizing Research

Black Researchers Collective

Meet the women behind the Black Researchers Collective to learn more about how they’re leveraging research tools to foster change.

A Call to Action

Community Partners

Hear from the Field Foundation and City of Chicago to learn more about the value and importance of investing in this work.

Centering Racial Equity

Our Vision

To use multidisciplinary talent, skills, dedication, and a racial equity lens to develop a community of Black researchers that can strategically inform policy to empower community self-determination and action.

Decolonizing Research

Black Researchers Collective

Meet the women behind the Black Researchers Collective to learn more about how they’re leveraging research tools to foster change.

A Call to Action

Community Partners

Hear from the Field Foundation and City of Chicago to learn more about the value and importance of investing in this work.

Focus + Topics

Innovative Insights

The Collective is primarily focused on building the capacity of Black women, ages 25 through 40, a demographic both deeply impacted by and excluded from research processes and policy conversations.

Empirical

Our empirical experiences have illuminated that Black women are most often singularly responsible for being the deliberate drivers of change in their communities and therefore would tremendously benefit from the efforts of the Collective.

Strategic

Three of our nine communities of foci (i.e., Bronzeville, South Shore, and South Chicago) are beneficiaries of the City of Chicago’s million-dollar public funding initiative INVEST South/West, an equitable development strategy for community improvement.

Practical

We’re leveraging community research findings to develop a series of policy briefs and infographics that aim to help change agents become policy informed and influence the policymaking process.

Empirical

Our empirical experiences have illuminated that Black women are most often singularly responsible for being the deliberate drivers of change in their communities and therefore would tremendously benefit from the efforts of the Collective.

Strategic

Three of our nine communities of foci (i.e., Bronzeville, South Shore, and South Chicago) are beneficiaries of the City of Chicago’s million-dollar public funding initiative INVEST South/West, an equitable development strategy for community improvement.

Practical

We’re leveraging community research findings to develop a series of policy briefs and infographics that aim to help change agents become policy informed and influence the policymaking process.


Seed funding provided by the Field Foundation of Illinois.


Seed funding provided by the Field Foundation of Illinois.