“My research is rooted in the community and my work in Detroit let me bridge these worlds,” she said. “On the ground, I was able to see what kind of cultural resources people had access to and what type of collaboration needed to happen.” - Jallicia Jolly
Jallicia Jolly’s academic work — exploring how race, gender, sexuality and health unfold in the lives of black women — is grounded in the community.
While pursuing a PhD in American studies at the University of Michigan, for example, Jolly worked as an HIV tester and counselor with the non-profit agency Gospel Against AIDS in Detroit led by HIV activists Rosalind Andrews-Worthy, and Felix and Paula Sirls. This allowed her to engage with and support residents firsthand while gaining a deeper understanding of their lives and challenges.