Welcome to Learning, Lifting, Leading: Social Equity for and by Black and Brown Girls & Women. As part of the service learning courses Dr. Carmen Monico, Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies at Elon University, who teaches in partnership with the NAACP, she and Rev. Donna Vanhook, local minister and Elon Alum, captured the vision of extending the learning and wisdom from the Women’s Conferences held at Shaw University Divinity School in 2017 and 2018, in which Elon students participated. This project was funded by the Frueauff Foundation and supported through a Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.

It features mothers, teachers, community activists, clergy, scholars, students, and authors interviewed over a period of two months in coffee shops, by phone, in offices, and even a public library. The 18 episodes were chosen to broaden the voices of Black and Brown women and girls, specifically focused on experiences in the South. The podcast project was inspired by the work of the McSilver Institute in Chicago, who released a podcast series titled Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative in January 2018.

Thank you for walking this journey with us!