BDN serves thousands of members representing world renowned institutions including Spelman, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Morehouse, Yale, Tuskegee, MSU, Stanford, MIT, Clark Atlanta, Temple, Johns Hopkins, Hampton, Columbia and over 100 other colleges and universities.

BDN functions as a resource, a support system and as a space of intellectual exchange. We are the place to create connections, develop collaborations and find the most talented candidates across academic areas.

The Doctors

Through the intergenerational, multidiscipline structure of BDN’s network we have created a pipeline of excellence from professors and professionals to graduate and undergraduate students. BDN leverages the personal interest and energy of members of exceptional scholars into a collaborative, functional community. Including Dr. William Julius Wilson, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, and Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall just to name a few.

Doctoral Students

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.

Graduate Students

BDN is leading the next generation of Black graduate students and scholars to reach new heights.


A major strength of the Black Doctoral Network derives from the participation of advanced academics in mentoring relationships with graduate students of color.


College and University administrators’ efforts to diversify higher education by finding qualified candidates that reflect our country’s multi-cultural landscape for does not have to be a challenging endeavor.


Innovation has become more of a key differentiator for the world’s largest companies. Leading organizations know that having a diverse workforce is critical to driving the creation and execution of new products, services, and business processes. BDN is the answer to your diversity question. BDN provides a comprehensive pool of Black scholars from which companies can find their next mid-level manager with the intellectual background and critical thinking framework that could push toward and inform innovation and change.