“People just don’t understand the sacrifices you have to make to pursue a doctoral degree,” explains Dr. Brooks. “The perception is you don’t need college. I believe there is something college gives you that is above and beyond a job. It gives you critical thinking skills and provides networking opportunities. It’s socializing. It’s a way of thinking that makes you a better person and gives you a way to see the world in a more open way than before.”

The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. Today, its expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities helps Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanic Americans and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.

“I call the PhD Project the best kept secret in America because based on our name, not many know we’re connected to a diversity initiative, racial equity or the corporate world,” said Blaine Ruschak, PhD Project President. “Since 1994, we’ve more than quintupled the number of diverse business professors in the U.S., from fewer than 300 to more than 1500 today. We are making a difference on university campuses and in the business world.”

The PhD Project just wrapped up its flagship event, an annual conference for potential doctoral students that took place November 17 – 19, 2021. At this 3-day conference, attendees networked with other doctoral students, business school representatives, professors, and sponsor organizations. For more information on the PhD Project, visit www.phdproject.org.


SOURCE The PhD Project

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