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6 Questions for The Black Doctoral Network

By Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
January 18, 2017

The Black Doctoral Network is HERC's newest Trustee Level Partner. The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) is an organization for individuals of African descent who are holders of, or scholars engaged in the pursuit of, undergraduate and advanced degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning worldwide. Learn about member discounts with The Black Doctoral Network here.



1. If you had one word to describe what your organization/company is all about, what is it?



2. What makes your organization stand out in the higher education recruitment and retention field?

Universities by design silo by discipline and as a result organizations that handle recruitment follow suit. The Black Doctoral Network is the one place that university provosts, deans and diversity officers can find a Linguistic Anthropologist, Nuclear Physicist or a Critical Criminologist. Our members range from undergraduate students to full tenured professors. We are the one stop shop for University-wide faculty, student and administrative recruitment.  


3. What is the tool or resource you provide to colleges and universities that wins you the most accolades?

Our Job Bank and job posting process allows our partners to submit their employment opportunities to thousands of highly qualified potential applicants in real time. Those positions are posted on our website and submitted throughout our highly active network via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  


4. What is a trend you see in your field that affects higher education recruitment?

In higher education students and faculty have become more aware of the diversity gaps and deficits at their institutions. They are socially and technologically well-equipped and have become more savvy in presenting their discontent via protests and social media. Institutions need to be able to demonstrate their efforts to live up to the diversity and inclusion statements that are on their university websites. 


5. Does your organization/company have any new initiatives or products that would be of interest to HERC members?

The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) and Temple University's Black Graduate Women's Association (BGWA) have partnered to host the BDN Collegiate Diversity Recruitment Fair 2017. This event will be held on February 25th & 26th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s Student Center.


The Collegiate Diversity Recruitment Fair is a professional event for job-market ready graduate students and advanced degree holders to meet with recruiters from universities as well as non-profit and corporate organizations. Job-seekers will have an opportunity to interview with prospective employers, give job talks, and network with other professionals.

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6. Why is partnering with HERC important to your organization/company?

Both BDN and HERC share the same passion, vision and goal to provide institutions and highly qualified persons a platform and opportunity to form mutually beneficial partnerships that will enhance the trajectories of both. HERC and BDN are both, at heart, matchmakers, bringing the best to the best and anticipating the magic that diversity in practice can foster. 

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