painting with shades of sea green to blue with collage pieces of faces and body fragments.
Howardina Pindell, Autobiography: Water (Ancestors/Middle Passage/Family Ghosts), 1988. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

Welcome to City Tech’s working space for “Where My Girls At? Bringing Black and Latinx Girlhood from the Margins to the Center,” a project that works to bridge the divide between the needs of City Tech’s student population and the lack of research and attention to Girlhood Studies in higher education more broadly. The experiences of girls and women who identify as Black and Latinx are often excluded from any meaningful discussion of girlhood, for much of the research written about girlhood focuses on the experiences of those who identify as White and cisgender. “Where My Girls At?” seeks to correct the invisibility, misrepresentation, and devaluing of Black and Latinx girlhood in popular culture and scholarship. The project aims to both support college-bound girls and to provide resources and support to those CUNY students who lacked this type of program in their youth. We follow in the footsteps of other girlhood scholars by highlighting the flexibility of and between the stages of girlhood and womanhood and showcasing what happens when “girlhood operates as an organizing construct, not as a static category of identity” (R.N. Brown, Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, 2013). Watch this space for upcoming events and how to get involved.

For more information, please reach out to Renata Ferdinand, Department of African American Studies, rferdinand@citytech.cuny.edu. 


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