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National President's Message

Anta SaneDear Conference Attendees,

Welcome to the 25th Annual National Black Graduate Student Conference website!  I am delighted to serve as NBGSA's president for the 2012-2013 academic year, which is an exceptional year for us as it commemorates a quarter of a century anniversary for the nation’s largest interdisciplinary Black graduate student organization. Twenty-five years ago, NBGSA was founded at the University of Michigan and we are going back to our roots, precisely in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate the achievements and continuous successes of this organization as well as defining new horizons to strengthen the development of emerging Black scholars. Hence our theme this year carried that message through “Honoring the Past, Defining the Future”.

NBGSA has gained national recognition as the leading promoter of African-American higher educational success across all academic disciplines. NBGSA was established to address the needs and concerns of Black graduate and professional students, and to encourage more Black undergraduates to pursue advanced degrees. NBGSA provides critical resources for enhancing academic and career success. The organization's primary goals are to develop a supportive, powerful network of emerging Black scholars, diversify the academy, and enrich the larger American community.

With the assistance of my hardworking and wonderful leadership team, we promise you an exciting and memorable conference. Indeed, this 25 year milestone celebration of Black Graduate Students' Leadership and excellence promises to be one of the best. Conference attendees will participate in poster and stand-up presentations, paper competitions, hear inspiring speeches from the nation’s leading Black academics from all disciplines, and engage in workshops designed to aid with the overall graduate experience. You don’t want to miss it!

In the meantime that we meet from March 6-10, 2013 in Dearborn, MI, I strongly encourage you to get involved in the 25th national conference preparations. We need volunteers in the different committees ranging from sponsorships and fundraising to Public Relations, speakers, programming and community service. Please email Janine Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in volunteering for any of these committees. I thank you in advance for joining us in this memorable journey. In addition, we have five regional conferences (North Central, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, and the West) that are scheduled in September, October and November 2012. These are great opportunities to present your research, network, and develop strong leadership skills. Feel free to visit the website for more information. Also, get involved on the national level by becoming a state or academic representative by emailing Jeffrey Fleming at vpmembership.org.

I hope to meet you in Dearborn!  Feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Peace and Blessings,

Anta Sane, MBA, MSL
National President, 2012-2013
National Black Graduate Student Association