11th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference

“Setting a Legacy: The Impact of Successful Scholarship”

October 19-21, 2023 | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, Georgia

Call For Papers

The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee invites abstract submissions for the 2023 national conference themed “Setting a Legacy: The Impact of Successful Scholarship”. This year's conference showcases the amazing work being done by scholars and professionals as we continue to strive for equitable opportunities in higher education and the chance to share stories that are impacting our communities. While embracing our rich culture and contributions to academia, we also aim to highlight the educational institutions who have put the importance of diversity at the forefront of their efforts to create more inclusive academic environments.

Scholars, researchers, practitioners, and activists are invited to showcase their individual and collective achievements in their respective disciplines. The theme of the annual meeting asks: What recent contributions or advancements have you made within your field of study? Have you completed an innovative research study that addresses a major issue or topic within your discipline? How has the work of our predecessors helped in the development of groundbreaking theories to explain issues within our community? How does your contribution to your profession and/or scholarly work exemplify the theme of “Setting a Legacy: The Impact of Successful Scholarship”?’

The BDN National Conference is an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference will have interactive workshops, small group forum discussions, a resource and job fair, and our exciting undergraduate research poster competition. 

We accept abstract submissions from any discipline or topic, including:
African/Latino Diaspora, Art & Music, Business, Entrepreneurship, Community Development,  Racial Discrimination, Nutrition, Gender & Culture, Disparities & Inequalities, Mentorship, STEM, Leadership, Civic Engagement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Health, Nutrition & Wellness, Counseling & Therapy, Youth Programming

Priority Deadline: April 30, 2023 at 11:59PM EST
Rolling Deadline: July 31, 2023 at 11:59PM EST


OVERVIEW: As our organization continues to focus on the importance of showcasing individuals from various sectors who are doing innovative work to strengthen our communities, we invite professionals, activists, scholar-practitioners and academics to submit abstracts that address the conference theme. The submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates, and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome. The purpose of the papers is to provide professional space to present research. Papers that reflect the theme, Setting a Legacy: The Impact of Successful Scholarship, are especially encouraged but submissions on any related topic will be considered. Submission of papers will be presented in a panel format. Submissions with one or two presenters will be assigned to a panel with additional panelists. Submissions with three or more presenters will have your own panel.

DURATION: Fifteen minutes will be allotted for submissions that have up to two presenters. Forty-five minutes will be allotted for submissions that have three or more presenters.

SUBMISSION DETAILS: Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. Submissions should be anonymous – please do not include your name or the name of your institution on the document. You must include the title of your abstract in your submission. You may not submit or take part in more than one panel presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. However, you are welcome to make a workshop submission.


PRIORITY DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS: Submitting author will receive a confirmation message upon submitting the abstract. Acceptance announcements will be sent via email in mid-May to the submitting author. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance by June 16, 2023. Failure to register and confirm acceptance by June 16th will result in rescinding acceptance. 

ROLLING DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS: Acceptance announcements will be sent via email starting late-June and all throughout July and August depending on space availability. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance within 21 days from their acceptance notification. Failure to register and confirm acceptance will result in rescinding acceptance.

For questions regarding the Call for Papers, please contact: BDN Executive Director and Conference Chair, Dr. Deandra Taylor at dtaylor@blackphdnetwork.com  

To learn more about our conference, visit: www.BDNconference.com

Black Doctoral Network Inc.