NBGN blog

The NBGN Blog offers brief articles, essays, poetry, artwork and reflections related to Black Studies and written by graduate students in our network. Blog posts are public, only members can comment on posts.


July 19, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a member of the National Black Graduate Network? Membership in the NBGN is open to graduate students who identify as Black or who are pursuing academic work in Black Studies at a Canadian university. To become a member, please contact the NBGN coordinators using your university email account, and provide your name, school, program and year of study. If I do not identify as Black can I still participate/join the network? Yes. This network is ...


July 27, 2021

2020-2021 Annual Report

by Cherie A. Daniel & Festus Ajayi JULY 2021 We started out small and ended out big! What started as a vision of connecting Black graduates across Canada has become the National Black Graduate Network. We (the collective "we") have faced a year that has been unprecedented with COVID-19. While that may have changed the way we launched the NBGN (in September of 2020), it did not break our ability to support each other. Hence, we would like to ...


May 26, 2021

Being Black in the Academy

By Dalia Elsayed, Concordia University As I bid farewell to 2020, I reflected on the many conversations I had with my Black female friends. During that year, while going through a global state of lockdown, we became more concerned with our state of being, more aware of the factors that contribute to our poor mental health. As a result, I realized that anger was the dominant theme of our conversations. I want to speak of anger because I have ...


March 10, 2021

What is your pandemic experience as a Black Graduate Student?

Recently, I had a chat with some friends who are grad students. As with every informal conversation, we digressed into series of topics, one of which was our COVID experiences. Each person recounted the most ways they had been affected by the ongoing pandemic. A common response was that studying had become more difficult due to being stuck at home, low motivation, and series of distractions. Others mentioned how they finally had time to work on some ideas long ...


March 5, 2021

Systemic racism is alive and well.

I will never stop feeling sorry for people especially leaders who hold the opinion that racial profiling and systemic racism is not a thing in this country. For instance, last year I watched with amazement the claims by the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, and the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet that there is “no systemic racism in Quebec.” For sure, there are several instances to point if one ever wishes to pay such absurdity a ...


July 19, 2020

Pensées du jour : L’avenir et l’éducation comme un moyen

Être une jeune femme noire en 2020, m’a montré que bien que mes ancêtres se soient battus pour moi, il y aura toujours bien du travail à faire. Tout ce qui s’est passé dans les médias au courant des dernières semaines, n’a fait que mettre en lumière des réalités que nombreux d’entre nous vivons au quotidien. Ces agressions physiques et psychologiques, ont de réels impacts sur nos communautés. Comme pour la plupart, j’ai grandi en me faisant dire que ...


July 19, 2020

Thinking of Research as a Rite of Passage During a Global Pandemic

One of the topical issues affecting our generation in the last two decades or so has been climate change and its effects on the environment. All around us, we see and hear of natural disasters like tsunamis, cyclones and earthquakes that have disrupted the lives of people in different parts of the world. In the first week of January 2020, I experienced a snowstorm which brought the small province of St. John’s NL to a halt for almost two ...


July 19, 2020

Our Experiences are Truth: Anecdotes from Black Graduates and Students of Black Studies

Here it is – the collection of our answers to the questions: what do you like and find challenging about being black graduate students and/or engaging in black studies? You know, the engaging post I promised you (intentional emphasis on the engaging). First, let me qualify that the use of “black graduates” always includes law, medical, graduate diploma, and other professional accreditations. To build solidarity around the Canadian black graduate experience and black centric research we privilege black graduates ...


July 14, 2020

The NBGN Founding Team

The foundations of NBGN have been built by a team of three doctoral students working with the guidance of rosalind hampton, professor of Black Studies and co-president of the BCSA. The graduate student team worked from January to June 2020 to raise awareness of the project across the country, reaching out to their fellow students and establishing a founding membership representing students studying at universities in Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia ...