Projects & Initiatives

WOCN has a number of projects and initiatives that provide information to women of color advocates and activists that they might not otherwise access. The goal is to build the capacity of women of color and to also transform mainstream organizations and the anti-violence against women movement overall to embrace women of color leadership.

WOCN Mentor Project
The WOCN Mentor Project is guided by our philosophy to reach local advocates seeking assistance in their present work or developing new initiatives through the adage “each one, teach one”. Our mentor project is represented by more than 80 culturally diverse and dynamic mentors located all over the U.S. and U.S. territories. WOCN facilitates mentoring relationships between advocates in the fields of anti-violence against women and WOCN mentors. Mentors are instrumental in providing professional guidance, role-modeling, different perspectives, and networking opportunities.

If you are interested in finding a WOCN Mentor, download and fill out the WOCN Mentor Request form and email to or fax to 717-545-9456.

Leadership Training Institute
The WOCN Leadership Training Institute offers mentors training and resource materials to build concrete leadership skills among women of color activists. It is a unique opportunity for individuals to enhance their capacity in areas such as: program development, grant-writing, fundraising, community organizing, policy development and building multi-cultural relationships. The Leadership Institute aims to equip advocates and activists with the necessary skills and knowledge so they can apply them in their program and community.

Cultural Competency and Ally Training
In a movement that is largely mainstream, WOCN recognizes the importance of providing training to raise the competency and knowledge of mainstream advocates and programs to embrace and support women of color leadership. This training is intended for men and women of majority populations who are seeking to learn to serve as allies to Communities of Color, Women, LGBTQ, Elder, Native, Immigrants and Refugees populations.

Site Visits
WOCN provides on-site technical assistance and resources to developing organizations around the country. The goal of the site visits is to support constituents who are forging unique initiatives designed to address communities of color and who need the additional support.

Training Without Walls
WOCN has initiated a series of national teleconferences and webinars on emerging and specialized topics and issues. The goal is to promote access by bringing the information directly to advocates without the need for travel. These teleconferences and webinars are hosted periodically and provide curriculum-based training, technical assistance on specific topics, and facilitated discussion to explore new developments, movement building strategies and address concerns.