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!
Peace and Blessings,Anta Sane, MBA, MSL