4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference 2016

McNair Scholars: Jada Anderson, Alice Cooper, Kayla Fowler, Melissa James, Nicole Ramos, and Kelsie Thorne, accompanied by Dr. Jenice Sabb, Director of SEBS EOF and Dr. Jacqueline Moore, Manager of SEBS EOF, were afforded the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The scholars expressed their appreciation for the experiences and knowledge gained by attending valuable workshops and hearing prominent scholarly lectures, specifically Dr. Patricia Hill Collins on the topic of forming intersectional coalitions as forms of activism, as well as Dr. Joy DeGruy, who discussed her life’s most significant work on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS). McNair Scholar Kayla Fowler, was also awarded third place in the poster presentation.

Ms. Kayla Fowler (McNair Scholar Cohort 2016 & LSAMP Scholar), who won third place in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition described her experience as motivating. “The number of individuals that I was able to network with gave me a greater insight on what interests me and what I can potentially do once completing my doctorate degree. My judge was actually the most influential person I met while there. Fortunately my research was aligned with his current business and initiatives. He gave me advice about the non-profit and private sector and is now helping me network with others in the DC area for a potential job next summer after graduation. I cannot reaffirm enough that this conference has been life-changing for me and I truly look forward to what the future holds for me.” Ms. Alice Cooper (McNair Scholar Cohort 2016), who presented as well, described the benefits of being a McNair Scholar in attendance at the conference.“I especially felt welcomed into this community carrying the title of a 'McNair Scholar'. So much was already anticipated of me after this particular characteristic came to fruition. I was able to get a few graduate application fees waived from the network I created -- even the Senior Associate Director enthusiastically remarked that I behaved like a “true McNair scholar” as I handed him my business card. Although I had already been certain that I wanted to obtain my Ph.D. and continue to engage in research, my attendance at the Black Doctoral Network only solidified this aspiration and gave me the confidence in knowing that I will not be alone in this arduous process. My research topics and interests, which are usually denounced as too radical or hopeless, were conversely encouraged by successful black scholars who recognized the importance of intensively studying and documenting such ideas. Following the knowledge and inspiration experienced by this event, my colleagues and I have decided that this is an event we will definitely make an effort to continue attending in the years to come.”