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About the National Black Graduate Network

The National Black Graduate Network (NBGN) is an initiative to promote communication and collaboration among Black graduate students and students of Black Studies in Canada. The network is run by and for graduate students to support academic networking, collaboration and research exchange among a new generation of scholars shaping the futures of Black Studies in Canada.

The NBGN is affiliated with the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA), and emerged out of critical conversations among members of the 2019-2020 BCSA executive team about how academic racism impacts the growing numbers of students interested in pursuing Black Studies in Canada. We envisioned this interactive and secure website as a space from which to promote critical dialogue among network members and to develop a public resource for a new era of Black Studies scholarship in Canada.

The development of the network formally began in January 2020, and by the launch of the NBGN website in July 2020, the network had an initial membership of roughly 150 graduate students across the country. The National Black Graduate Network has been made possible through funding support from the Deans of Graduate Studies at Memorial University (MUN) and Concordia University, the Chair of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), the James Robinson Johnston Chair of Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University and rosalind hampton’s professional expense funds. This project is indebted to decades of Black scholars who have worked tirelessly to create institutional support for Black students and for Black Studies in Canada.

For more information about the establishment of the network, see the "NBGN Founding Team" and "FAQs" on our BLOG.

The NBGN team can be reached by email at hello at nbgn dot ca