Building Relationships to Diversify Graduate Education
Founded in 2019 by UNC-CH doctoral student Taylor Y. Dismuke, BRDGE Alliance (a flagship program for Pyramid Development Group, INC) was designed to be a STEM mentoring program with a goal to bridge the gap between underrepresented minorities and the STEM community.
The current focus of BRDGE Alliance (501(c)(3) entity) is to develop undergraduate students at Historically Black colleges and universities by creating dynamic relationships with black graduate students at research institutions.
In our first BRDGE Alliance cohort (2020-21) we are proud to say that….
· 75% of the graduating seniors were accepted into competitive biomedical doctoral programs
· 100% of the inaugural class of students AND mentors would recommend this program
· And when asked one benefit of the program a student state that “being able (to) establish connections with students who are where I want to be”
With the aim to improve diversity in STEM we will use application of peer mentorship, community, and personal and professional development activities to develop underrepresented students in STEM.
A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.
To empower, relate, and develop underrepresented students in STEM and biomedical sciences
Director, Taylor Y. Dismuke
To strengthen the foundation
of the future diverse leaders of the STEM community