Policy and Research

Pushout
What the Data Says
School pushout.

Black girls are 6 times more likely to be suspended and 4 times more likely to be arrested than white girls.

Black girls are 6 times more likely to be suspended and 4 times more likely to be arrested than white girls.

Black girls are 6 times more likely to be suspended and 4 times more likely to be arrested than white girls.

Pushout
Trafficking
What the Data Says
Sex trafficking.

Black girls are more likely to be trafficked at a younger age than their counterparts.

Black girls are more likely to be trafficked at a younger age than their counterparts.

Black girls are more likely to be trafficked at a younger age than their counterparts.

Trafficking
Health
What the Data Says
Health outcomes.

1 in 5 Black women reported fair or poor health.

1 in 5 Black women reported fair or poor health.

1 in 5 Black women reported fair or poor health.

Health
Wage
What the Data Says
Wage gap.

Comparing the salaries of white men, Black women were paid 61% of what white men were paid in 2017. 

Comparing the salaries of white men, Black women were paid 61% of what white men were paid in 2017. 

Comparing the salaries of white men, Black women were paid 61% of what white men were paid in 2017. 

Wage
Unemployment
What the Data Says
Greater unemployment rate.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Black Americans experience a higher share of job losses after COVID-19, with unemployment rates of 9.2% and 8.6% respectively, against 5.7% of whites. 

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Black Americans experience a higher share of job losses after COVID-19, with unemployment rates of 9.2% and 8.6% respectively, against 5.7% of whites. 

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Black Americans experience a higher share of job losses after COVID-19, with unemployment rates of 9.2% and 8.6% respectively, against 5.7% of whites. 

Unemployment
Poverty
What the Data Says
Income below poverty level.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), around 23% of Black Americans had an income below poverty in 2018. 

According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), around 23% of Black Americans had an income below poverty in 2018. 

According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), around 23% of Black Americans had an income below poverty in 2018. 

Poverty
Wealth gap
What the Data Says
Wealth gap.

Black families have less wealth than white families on average. While a median white family owned about $184,000 in family wealth, an average Black family owned $23,000 in 2019.

Black families have less wealth than white families on average. While a median white family owned about $184,000 in family wealth, an average Black family owned $23,000 in 2019.

Black families have less wealth than white families on average. While a median white family owned about $184,000 in family wealth, an average Black family owned $23,000 in 2019.

Wealth gap
Breadwinner
What the Data Says
Breadwinners.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are the heads of their households.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are the heads of their households.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are the heads of their households.

Breadwinner
Food
What the Data Says
Food insecurity.

In 2018, more than 1 in 5 Black households were food insecure.

In 2018, more than 1 in 5 Black households were food insecure.

In 2018, more than 1 in 5 Black households were food insecure.

Food
Uninsured
What the Data Says
Health insurance.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are uninsured.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are uninsured.

More than 1 in 5 Black women are uninsured.

Uninsured
Maternal
What the Data Says
Maternal mortality.

In 2020, 37.1% of mothers who died as a result of childbirth were Black women.

In 2020, 37.1% of mothers who died as a result of childbirth were Black women.

In 2020, 37.1% of mothers who died as a result of childbirth were Black women.

Maternal
Mental
What the Data Says
Mental healthcare access.

Fewer than 10% of Black Americans receive mental health counseling and treatment.

Fewer than 10% of Black Americans receive mental health counseling and treatment.

Fewer than 10% of Black Americans receive mental health counseling and treatment.

Mental
Incarceration
What the Data Says
Incarceration rates.

Black women are twice as likely as white women to experience incarceration.

Black women are twice as likely as white women to experience incarceration.

Black women are twice as likely as white women to experience incarceration.

Incarceration
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OUR VISION

Our vision is to conduct quality socioeconomic research focused on Black and Latina girls and women that serves to analyze systems and identify inequities while also creating research-backed programs to respond to the needs we identify in Black and Latino communities.

WAYS WE CARRY OUT OUR VISION:

  • Research Programs & Initiatives
  • Community Programs

Current Initiatives & Programs

Research Agenda

Coming Soon!

2022 Legislative Report Card

The Legislative Report Card aims to make policies proposed by MS Legislators more accessible to and comprehensible for Mississippi residents while also aiming to encourage MS legislators to create legislation with the wellbeing of Black girls and women and other POC in mind.

Motherhood Programs

TL|BGP’s research on Motherhood Programs aims to fill a need also identified by our COVID-19 Needs Assessment of the Southeastern United States which is affordable childcare in Black communities. Due to the rising costs of childcare in the United States, we would like to extend our research to two of the most marginalized communities in the United States – Black and Brown communities. We hope to use our research to create a pilot program to alleviate the expensive costs of childcare for Black and Brown mothers and receive government sponsorship to extend the program to Black and Brown children and mothers across the Southeastern United States.

BGPxBolivar Co.

BGPxBolivar Co. is a community-based intervention that aims to address the mental health and wellness and economic well-being needs of Black girls and women in Mississippi Delta due to COVID-19 pandemic. To identify these needs we used data from one of our previous research projects named “COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment”. 

As part of BGPxBolivar Co. we developed four main activities: 1) a quarterly newsletter, 2) support groups, 3) workshops, and 4) a job fair. The newsletter contains mental health and financial advice to give Black girls and women resources to face and cope with mental health and financial issues. The support groups are meant to be a safe space where Black women can share personal experiences, feelings, and cope with some mental health challenges. Also, the workshops intended to give financial advice and self-care activities to Black women during the holiday season and Valentine’s Day which tend to be highly stressing and lonely dates for some people. Finally, a job fair that intends to create the opportunity for Black girls and women and businesses to have a space to meet and generate networking.  

Ways to Get Involved

Black Girl Research Institute

The Black Girl Research Institute (BGRI) is a 6-week summer research intensive hosted by The Lighthouse | Black Girl Project’s Policy & Research Team. The institute aims to equip aspiring and current researchers and community organizers with the tools needed to conduct ethical research regarding Black and Brown girls and women. The institute includes a 2-week residency during which research fellows participate in research trainings and workshops as well as conduct field work. The location of the residency is determined based on the current research being conducted by The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects.

This year’s BGRI will take place from Friday, June 3 through Friday, July 15. Apply today at bit.ly/bgri2022.

Research Forums

Information Coming Soon!

Submit Proposals for Approval by our Research Review Board

The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects has a Research Review Board similar to an Institutional Review Board (or IRB) to review research proposals with human subjects. If you are interested in having your proposal reviewed by our RRB, please complete the survey here.

Research Reports

COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment

COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment is a research project that aimed to identify the needs of Black women ages 18 and older residing in Southeastern United States due to COVID-19 pandemic. Data was compiled through online surveys, virtual interviews, and virtual focus groups. The greatest needs that Black women were facing after the outbreak were financial stability, cleaning and protection supplies, company, and food security. Furthermore, the greatest needs that Black women were anticipating post-pandemic were financial stability and mental health support and therapy, which were the beginning point if our BGPxBolivar Co. intervention.  

Black Girl Summer Research

Our Black Girl Research Institute was formerly known as Black Girl Summer. Our research assistants carried out various research regarding a COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment immediately following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 focusing on the Jackson Metro area in Mississippi. Our team then expanded the scope to the entire southeastern United States and continued work throughout summer 2021 during which we took a more focused approach on the mental health and wellness and economic wellbeing needs in Bolivar County, MS located in the Mississippi Delta.

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