Non-Profit Launches ‘3.1% Campaign’ for Advancing Doctoral Education for Black Women

by Shine My Crown Staff
Cohort Sistas

Cohort Sistas, a non-profit digital community that supports Black women pursuing research doctorates, announces the launch of its first fundraising campaign — the 3.1% Campaign.

This month, which is also Women’s History Month, the 3.1% campaign will bring awareness to Black women’s underrepresentation among awarded doctoral degrees in the US — which stands at just 3.1%.

The non-profit, which was founded in July 2020, is working to increase the percentage to 5% by 2030, the 3.1%.

“With the first of March marking the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, today is an incredibly timely moment to launch our 3.1% Campaign for Black women’s education,” said Dr. Ijeoma Kola, Founder and Executive Director of Cohort Sistas.

“I started Cohort Sistas in the summer of 2020 — several months into the pandemic, in the midst of racial reckoning, and exactly one year after I successfully defended my dissertation — because I lacked a network of support and mentorship from women who looked like me during my own doctoral journey. We aim to raise $31,000 in 31 days, which will greatly support our work to increase the representation of Black women earning doctoral degrees.”

To help support Cohort Sistas reach their goal, you can purchase 3.1% apparel, donate to the 3.1% fund, or engage in the conversation through the hashtag #3point1percent on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about Cohort Sistas and the 3.1% Campaign, visit

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