Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP)

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 About WOCAP

The Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) was founded by a group of female faculty of color at the University in 1994. It is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered through the Center for the Education of Women.

The goals of WOCAP are to:

  • Highlight the contributions women of color make to the university community and to society at large, and
  • Build a campus-wide network of women of color faculty that serves as a support system for their research undertakings, academic career development, and enhanced career satisfaction, thus supporting their retention.
  • To advocate on behalf of women of color faculty and graduate students by working collectively for progressive institutional change with the goal of creating healthy and equitable environments in which to engage in scholarly activity.
  • To serve as a model for future recruitment and retention programs for women of color faculty at the national and international level.

The campus-wide WOCAP faculty steering committee would like to extend an invitation to all instructional track faculty who are, or identify with, women of color, and would like to work together to call attention to structural barriers and promote solutions to enhance the success of women in color in academia.

Contact Deborah Willis for additional information about WOCAP, or for articles on topics of interest to women of color faculty.


2014-2015 WOCAP Faculty Steering Committee

Naomi Andre (Associate Professor, Womens Studies & Residential College)

Maria Castro (Professor, Neurosurgery)

Patricia Coleman-Burns (Assistant Professor, Nursing)

Robin Means Coleman (Associate Professor, Communication Studies & DAAS)

Vilma Mesa (Associate Professor, Education)

Stephanie Rowley (Professor, Psychology and School of Education)

Denise Sekaquaptewa (Professor, Psychology and Women's Studies)

Hitomi Tonomura (Professor, History)

Robin Wilson (Associate Professor, Dance)

Mieko Yoshihama (Professor, Social Work)

Project Coordinator: Deborah Willis