WOCI Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education is a city-wide strategic partnership between Georgia Tech, Emory University, Spelman College, STEM Atlanta Women, and STEAM-DB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Design, and Business) industry leaders. Through WOCI, we are committed to the advancement and uplift of women, recognition of the contributions of women of color, and addressing disparities at the intersection of race and gender.
- Equip students with social justice and advocacy skills
- Establish mediums and networks for sustained personal, academic, social, and emotional growth
- Co-construct collaborative spaces to mediate differences, cultivate equity, and build inclusive practices within institutional structures.
- Connect Black and Latinx women to growth opportunities across campus, industry, community, and research
- Establish transformative professional practices that seek to:
- Honor, recognize, credit, and acknowledge others as an ethical and cultural practice; as well as a medium for raising collective consciousness
- Avoid the common practice of stealing ideas (organizational, departmental, and intellectual) from women of color and cultural departments without proper acknowledgment, crediting, citing, or resourcing the original source
When the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) was launched in 2019, the statistics below reflected a major opportunity to enhance the excellence of Georgia Tech's talent pool through targeted initiatives aimed at supporting, recruiting, and retaining ethnically, racially, and cognitively diverse cohorts of students.
Black Women in the United States1
- 13.7 percent of all women in the United States were Black
- 6.9 percent of the total United States Population were Black women
- 11.4 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by women in the United States in 2017-2018 were earned by Black Women
Black Women at Georgia Tech
- 3.2 percent of the undergraduate population were Black women
- 8.2 percent of undergraduate women who matriculated were Black
Graduate Student Population
- 2.1 percent of the graduate student population were Black women
- 6.7 percent of women graduate students who matriculated were Black
1 Catalyst, Quick Take: Women of Color in the United States (March 19, 2020).
Non-White LatinX Women in the United States1
- 17.8 percent of all women in the United States were LatinX
- 8.9 percent of the total United States Population were LatinX women
- 14.9 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by women in the United States in 2017-2018 were earned by LatinX women
Non-White LatinX Women at Georgia Tech
- 3.5 percent of the undergraduate population were LatinX women
- 9 percent of undergraduate women who matriculated were LatinX
Graduate Student Population
- 2 percent of the graduate student population were LatinX women
- 6.5 percent of women graduate students who matriculated were LatinX
Underrepresented Minority Students (URM) at Georgia Tech (2011-2019)
URM Women Population
- 75 percent increase in the number of women in the URM undergraduate population, from 687 to 1,202.
- 56 percent increase in the number of women in the URM graduate student population, from 226 to 353.
Women of Color Population
- 41 percent increase in the number of women of color (WOC) within the undergraduate population, from 4,490 to 6,327.
- Black women: 54 percent increase (from 339 to 521)
- LatinX women: 106 percent increase (from 276 to 568)
- 38 percent increase in the number of women of color (WOC) within the graduate student population, from 1,795 to 2,477
- Black women: 22 percent increase (from 135 to 165)
- LatinX women: 109 percent increase (from 77 to 161)