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Excellence in scholarship, Exercised in practice, as the expected outcome.

Excellence in scholarship, exercised in practice, is the expected outcome. We provide opportunities for collaboration, support, and resource sharing, disrupting the isolation, division, and siloing of our collective brilliance.

Management Team

Deandra Taylor, Ed.D
Executive Director
Waajida L. Small Ph.D
Director of Human Resources
Tre' Von Robinson, M.S.
Chief of Staff
Whitney Hollins, Ph.D.
Director of Special Initiatives
Maurice Green Ph.D
Founding Managing Director
Dyncie M. Valdez, MSW
Director - Strategic Partnerships
Dr. Pia L. Scott, LPC, GCDF
Director - Membership Services
Mr. Zachary Thomas
Special Assistant to the Managing Director
Brittany A. Henry, Ph.D., LMFT
Director of Programing

Advisory Board

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Spelman College

Dr. Kimberly Sellers
Georgetown University

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
George Mason University

Dr. Cornel West
Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Khalil G. Muhummad
Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. N’Dri Assie-Lumumba
Cornell University

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal
Duke University

Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems
University of Missouri

Dr. Kris Marsh
University of Maryland

Dr. Kalinda Ukanwa
University of Southern California

Dr. Skyller Walkes
University of Texas - Austin

Let’s work together

The academy is too often isolating and individualistic. The Black Doctoral Network is paving the way to change academic culture by providing an alternative model of support that crosses university lines.

BDN serves thousands of members representing world-renowned institutions including Spelman, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Morehouse, Yale, Tuskegee, MSU, and over 100 other colleges and universities.

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