Building Relationships to Diversify Graduate Education (BRDGE)

**Building Relationships to Diversify Graduate Education ** Founded in 2019 by UNC-CH doctoral student Taylor Y. Dismuke, BRDGE Alliance 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 is to develop undergraduate students at Historically Black colleges and universities by creating dynamic relationships with black graduate students at research institutions.

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.

Markia Smith
Markia Smith
Doctoral Student

My work uses integrative genomic approaches to study environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, leading to health disparities.