Growing Research on Women of color (GROW)

As part of a five-year, White House-led initiative, titled the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research, a voluntary affiliation of institutions seeking to support and improve research about women and girls of color, NC State has launched the faculty-led Growing Research On Women of color (GROW) project. This initiative is an opportunity to evaluate what we know – and what we need to know -- about women and girls of color, a population that has long been overlooked in scholarly research. This interdisciplinary project seeks to engage scholars of all disciplines whose research centers women and girls of color, and whose primary goals include intersectional and culturally-diverse research.

Faculty Profile

Dr. Elan Hope is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NC State University and director of the Hope Lab. A self-described womanist, Dr. Hope and her team at the Hope Lab investigate factors that promote well-being for adolescents and emerging adults who face racism and racial discrimination. Their research is deeply rooted in the belief that while there are common developmental experiences among racially marginalized youth, individual differences and contextual variation require a deep exploration of diverse pathways to success and well-being, including psychological and physical health, academic success, and civic engagement.

Currently, the Hope Lab is analyzing data from the Race and Politics Study to explore activism among young Black people. The Hope Lab research examines topics such as racial ideologies in relation to activist orientation among young Black women, as well as the relationship between social responsibility and activist orientation among LGBTQ identified Black adolescents. For more information about Dr. Hope and the Hope Lab, please see her site HERE.


"We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually who are you not to be?"

- Marianne Williamson

Get Involved!

We are always looking to highlight the work of researchers at NC State. If you are interested in getting involved with GROW or joining our listserv please email project coordinator, Cara Smelter.

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