DACA Recipients Now Eligible for PhD Project Membership

Membership through The PhD Project is now available for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. 

Established in 1994, The PhD Project is a non-profit organization working to help make the academic and business worlds more diverse. Since its inception, the organization has more than quintupled the number of Black/African American, Latin/Hispanic American and Native Americans with PhDs in the United States. DiversityInc has been a partner of The PhD Project since 2007.

In a statement, Blane Ruschak, President of The PhD Project, said he is “thrilled to open PhD Project membership to DACA recipients.”

“We know that for college students there’s tremendous power in having ‘someone who looks like me, someone who’s walked in my shoes’ in front of the college classroom – and so many students are looking for mentors who understand what the DACA experience is like,” he said.

To pursue a business doctoral degree through The PhD Project, the path starts at the organization’s annual conference, which will be held in Chicago this year on March 24 and 25. 

“The event provides an opportunity for prospective doctoral students to explore the benefits of pursuing a business PhD and becoming a business professor,” according to The PhD Project. “During the conference, attendees get a realistic look at every phase of the PhD journey and the opportunity to network with current doctoral students, business school representatives, professors and partner organizations.”

In 2022, The PhD Project shared data showing that 86 men and 130 women applied to attend its annual conference that took place in November of last year. Of that number, 157 applicants were Black or African American, 100 of which were women, 30 applicants were Hispanic American women out of 56 Latinx/Hispanic American applicants and two applicants were nonbinary or transgender.

Those interested in attending must at least hold an undergraduate degree or be entering their senior year of college by the time the conference happens, be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S. or a DACA recipient.

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