#CiteASista began as an actionary (reaction and action-based) response to all that co-founders Brittany Williams & Joan Collier learned & discussed on whiteness and white supremacy in their doctoral program. #CiteASista was launched as a once monthly twitter chat that serves as a space to uplift and center the voices and contributions of Black women in the U.S.A. & abroad. The project came to fruition as part of a course assignment for a summer class on Whiteness and White Privilege in higher education taught by Dr. Chris Linder and was inspired by AERA’s 2016 panel on Black Women and Girls where the poignant question was asked: Did you cite a Black woman today? #CiteASista provides space to give credit and thanks for all of the often used but rarely credited hard work by Black women and discusses ways to support and uplift of Black women in daily life. With the Cite A Sista website, we make connections between a larger movement to center Black women and Black womanhood with a wide array of issues! Our posts & columns include–
- Cite A Sista x #CiteASista Friday
- Religious & Spirituality
- Business Productivity & Energy Management
- Motherhood & Parenting
- Self-Care & Reproductive Issues
- Style & Fashion
- Life & Healing
- Music, Pop Culture, & Media
- Career Development & Education
- Healthcare & STEM
- & much more!
As co-founders of the #CiteASista project, we recognize the placement of this movement as part of a long lineage of Black women supporting Black women– a form of Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005). Accordingly, we view #CiteASista and CiteASista.com as spaces to provide encouragement for Black women to not only name the ways we actively resist against silencing of our bodies and voices, but to also show what we can do after naming these experiences (y Muhs, Niemann, González, & Harris, 2012). For these reasons and more, Cite A Sista functions not only as a digital counterspace, but as a lifestyle and movement. This website serves as a home to bring together seemingly disparate functions of the project from writing and advice to gear and twitter chats. Cite A Sista co-founders Brittany Williams and Joan Collier welcome opportunities to speak & engage. To bring us to your organization, community, or campus, complete the consulting tab and one of us will get back to you.
Read on to learn about our co-founders Brittany & Joan!
Joan Nicole, PhD is graced to be sista-scholar, daughter, friend, aspiring womanist theologist, and soror of DST. Her research interests live at the intersections of race, spirituality, education, gender, and equity. Karaoke, journaling, traveling, QT with family (chosen, bond, or blood), and random adventures with my besties supercharge this extrovert. Prayer, writing, and fellowship with close friends help liberate her from thoughts, feelings, and curiosities that, if unspoken, would otherwise hold her hostage. Joan earned a B.B.A in Managerial Sciences from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.
Brittany M. Williams was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is the proud product of Atlanta Public Schools. She identifies as a Hip Hop feminist & proud first generation college student with way too many expensive hobbies such as makeup, luxury cars, and dabbles in high fashion brands. She is a doctoral candidate in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia and has a strong history in student affairs and higher education related roles. Brittany holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hampshire College and obtained her Master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Sociology of Education. When not working on her PhD, you can find Brittany serving as a freelance career development specialist, promoting the exercise of 2nd amendment rights in the Black community, actively engaging in social media, fundraising for Hampshire College, or glued to an episode of Scandal, The West Wing, Bones, Gilmore Girls, & Grey’s Anatomy. She is a strong believer in higher & post-secondary education. You can find her on twitter @Ms_BMWilliams.
- y Muhs, G. G., Niemann, Y. F., González, C. G., & Harris, A. P. (Eds.). (2012). Presumed incompetent: The intersections of race and class for women in academia. University Press of Colorado.
- Yosso*, T. J. (2005). Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth. Race ethnicity and education, 8(1), 69-91.