Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association’s

Afrofuturism: Innovation, Imagination, and Improving Black Lives

April 13th, 2019 at The Guild Lounge in Scott Hall (601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60201)

Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Graduate Research Conference that will be held on April 13th, 2019 at the The Guild Lounge in Scott Hall on Northwestern’s Evanston Campus (601 University Place). This year’s conference theme is Afrofuturism: Innovation, Imagination, and Improving Black Lives. We aim to showcase the variety and diversity among graduate students of color, especially in our research and everyday lives. Moreover, we desire to demonstrate that diverse backgrounds and experiences allow for a more complete, well-rounded journey in higher education and training the leaders of tomorrow. We invite graduate students to submit abstracts and present their work.

As with previous conferences, the goal of our conference is to highlight the work of scholars of color as well as scholars whose work touches communities of color. We strongly encourage students from all disciplines to present their research, including the humanities, business, STEM, social sciences, law, and the arts. Students can present their work as a poster or oral presentation. Awards will be given for best poster and oral presentation!

Conference highlights include:

1) A keynote address given by esteemed author and Afrofuturist Y’Tasha Womack

2) Creative talks given by outside speakers

3) A networking lunch and happy hour networking with conference participants

4) Professional development workshops, including a professional panel for discussing academia and other careers.

The conference will conclude with a reception.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!


Deadline Has Been Extended

Submit abstracts* at: Abstract Submission Form

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15th, 2019

*Abstracts should be submitted in a format appropriate to your field and should be no longer than 250 words.


Register at: Northwestern BGSA 21st Annual Conference 

Registration fees:

$25 (until March 31st)

$40 (March 31st-April 13th)

Registration deadline: April 13th 2019

Please email for more information.