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Being a woman of color pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience was often an arduous and growth-provoking experience. The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) helped to provide a forum for networking and community building by which I was able to connect with peers of similar research endeavors. This fostered my own personal growth as well as facilitated sharing of similar experiences, advice on career advancement, and critical review of my thesis manuscript.

Alexandria A. Wise-Brown, Ph.D.
Principle Medical Science Director @ Genentech



There is nothing so powerful and sublime as the organized combination of intellect, compassion, and vision. When we the Black Doctoral Network come together the earth moves quicker and our precious youth smile with hunger and hope!


A major strength of the Black Doctoral Network derives from the participation of seasoned scholars in mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. Besides being representative of the students they will mentor, these scholars also have exemplary research, teaching, and service records and have demonstrated a genuine commitment to serving students. 

They offer personal support including academic and professional advisement, feedback on research projects, and the development of professional skills (teamwork, networking, work ethic, project planning and, implementation). 

These factors streamline the graduate school process and increase both the retention and completion rates of black graduate students. 


Launched in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) is a multidisciplinary clearinghouse for black and Latino scholars and professionals in the Social Sciences, STEM, and Humanities. BDN carved out for itself an empowered position in black and Latino communities to mitigate the achievement gap among persons at all education levels, challenge persistent negative stereotypes of black and Latino achievement, answer the call for diversity in the academe and corporations while bridging the gap between theory and practices informing extant understandings of disparate outcomes along the lines of race and ethnicity.


The Black Doctoral Network is paving the way to change academic culture, providing an alternative model even as it guides the next generation of African American scholars. Creating a community of scholars, thinkers, and intellectuals committed to advancing important conversations and producing transformative knowledge, BDN is an extension of the primary mission of higher education. Functioning as a resource, a support system, a space of intellectual exchange, and a place to create connections and develop collaborations.
Who we are
The Black Doctoral Network is a 501c3 organization and a juggernaut of multidisciplinary intellectual capital. BDN is leading the next generation of scholars to reach new heights. Encouraging intellectual curiosity and transformative research, BDN is a bridge leader, creating paths between scholars, disciplines, and academic universities all while it serves as an invaluable connection between higher education, the community at large and corporate America.
11 Years and Running
34K Interconnected Scholars
Evidence Based Practitioners

BDN functions as a resource, a support system and as a space of intellectual exchange.

BDN's goal is to encourage deep connections that are currently hindered by academic isolation and fragmentation of intellectual resources.

We serve as a clearinghouse for Black and Latino scholars and professionals in the Social Sciences, STEM, and Humanities. We serve as a conduit between talented scholars, researchers, practitioners, and institutions that are serious about diversity and inclusion.

We continue to challenge the persistent negative stereotypes of black achievement, to answer the call for diversity in university and professional organizations, while bridging the gap between academic theory and the real world.

By fostering connections across disciplines, the BDN unlocks the key to producing innovative and groundbreaking knowledge.
We have created a pipeline of excellence that extends from professors and professionals to graduate and undergraduate students.
BDN members can be found in the corporate, government, non-profit, and consulting arenas. As a networked non-profit, BDN is able to drive social change through the innovative and savvy use of social media to engage the public, build relationships and trust, and increase the number of interconnected members, thinkers, and ideators throughout the world.
1) Address problems specific to people of color gaining access to and matriculating through the academy;
2) Create mentoring relationships and pipelines among academics, professionals, graduate students, undergraduates, high school students, and middle school students;
3) Share resources, scholarships, and grant opportunities;
4) Provide interested companies and individuals with diverse, highly-qualified professionals, scholars, and experts;
5) Assist universities seeking candidates to apply to their universities and graduate programs that have diverse and culturally rich backgrounds;
6) Provide organizations and nonprofits with potential board members; 
7) Create and maintain a network of professionals and academic excellence; 
8) Create and develop events and conferences to highlight and award scholarship that extends beyond the academic institutions and help the body politics; 
9) Help with the fulfillment of positions in corporate America and develop relationships with entities attempting to ensure diversity and inclusion within their companies;
10) Collaborate with organizations, associations, foundations, and individuals with similar interests, visions, and goals.

By providing a common space for multiple disciplines and fields, BDN accomplishes a unification of both scholars and practitioners with distinct perspectives that enables people with varying expertise to network, collaborate, and discover.

October 27-29, 2022 
Atlanta, Georgia 

10th Annual National Conference

The BDN national conference brings together world renowned and emergent scholars and professionals from the social sciences, STEM and humanities and is a resource, a support system, as a space of intellectual exchange, and a place to create connections and develop impactful collaborations. REGISTER ONLINE:
Black Excellence, Brilliant Minds: The Power of Diversity 

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Through the intergenerational structure of mentorship and networking, we create a pipeline of excellence from professors to graduate students to college students. BDN leverages the personal interest and energy of members of exceptional scholars into a collaborative, functional community.

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