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The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit association that is managed by its members. NBGSA is recognized as the primary student organization addressing the needs of Black graduate students. NBGSA offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more!

NBGSA is governed by an executive board of graduate students and is operated by a professional staff at the national office located on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.




The National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. (NBGSA) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary, and student-run organization dedicated to improving the status of Blacks in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns.




The National Black Graduate Student Association supports a variety of objectives through its annual conference and initiatives throughout the year, including:

  1. Increasing the number of graduate and professional students of African descent by encouraging undergraduates to pursue graduate and professional degrees
  2. Providing resources that will enhance the likelihood of academic and career success of current graduate and professional students, and
  3. Developing a network of emerging scholars of African descent who are dedicated and sensitive to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse academic community.

NBGSA membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students, academicians, institutions, corporations and other groups and/or individuals who are interested in supporting students of African descent in the pursuit of graduate and professional educational excellence. The NBGSA does not discriminate or limit its membership to any individual or group based on race, creed, color, nationality, ability or sexual preference.

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