Despite increased efforts to diversify higher education institutions, there is still a palpable racial and ethnic disparity at all levels of the academy: student body, faculty, administration, and governance. Black and Latino students experience limited access to higher education and have few educational opportunities that are necessary for success. There is a dearth of minority faculty across all disciplines and a minimal percentage of university leaders.
Numerous peer-reviewed research indicates that Black students taught and mentored by leaders who share their racial backgrounds benefit from improved academic outcomes and higher expectations. Unfortunately, the institutions responsible for these cultural and academic revelations maintain the lowest diversity and inclusion measures in terms of executive and managerial level hiring.
We serve as a clearinghouse for individuals of African descent who are holders of or scholars engaged in the pursuit of doctoral degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning worldwide.
We provide opportunities for networking and collaboration and foster interconnectedness within the black intelligentsia for the purpose of eliminating the achievement gap among persons at all education levels while creating a pipeline for the most underserved students toward the upper echelons of the academy and beyond.
Our attendees include undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and professionals. Possessing varying perspectives and skill sets, these scholars are uniquely positioned with distinct groundbreaking insights.
By fostering connections across disciplines, the BDN unlocks the key to producing innovative and groundbreaking knowledge.
Through the intergenerational structure of mentorship and networking, we have created a pipeline of excellence from professors and professionals to graduate and undergraduate students.
The Black Doctoral Network connects universities, companies and NGOs to a national network of black and Latino Ph.D. scholars to access their cutting-edge expertise in myriad fields of study.
Academic Institutions that value the emotional and intellectual development of their faculty and students must support outlets for their well-being. The BDN conference provides that venue.
While some institutions regulate the celebration of Black students and faculty by repeating quotes by Rev. Martin Luther King or posting information regarding the achievements of African Americans throughout history, brave universities are partnering with organizations that facilitate and ensure the continued success of Black people in the future. Action-oriented, anti-racist institutions are locating opportunities to support organizations that serve the interests of real diversity and true equity and inclusion.
The Black Doctoral Network continues to serve a well-spring of highly credentialed scholars, practitioners, professionals, and students.