In 2015, Dr. Lewis was hired by the Black Women’s Wealth Alliance (BWWA) through a Kris Nelson Community Based Research Grant administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to write the State’s first report on Black women’s economics and to help launch the organization. The BWWA’s mission is to broaden the aspirations and strategies of Black women entrepreneurs that create and expand community wealth. The report aimed to provide a starting place for which policy makers and community based practitioners like BWWA can begin the work of going beyond the Black/White gendered binary and bring more awareness to the challenges that Black women face in their pursuit for economic independence. The report demystified the unequal racialized gendered dynamics in unemployment rates by disaggregating the data, rising individual and household income gaps, disparities in workforce participation rates, and uneven access to loan procurement for Black women entrepreneurs.
As the BWWA President once stated, racial equity cannot be simply funded and achieved through generalized categories of race and geography alone, rather racial equity must be applied through a customized approach targeting the specific needs of a specific groups with the purpose and intent to enhance the quality of life where and how it is most needed.