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Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire

"I am a proud HBCU Alumnus from Delaware State University ('93), with a strong history of family members attending HBCUs. In 2008, I created this platform to provide HBCU Students and Alumni access to vital resources in shaping their education and professional careers. Since its inception, our database has grown to over 2.3 million HBCU students and alumni across the world. Our job postings are viewed by tens of thousands each month and our graduate school ads have lead HBCU applicants to the graduate school experience.

Having had a 25 year work history in higher education, I can see future is bright with new talent and the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."

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Higher Education diversity on purpose.

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity.

The Academic Network, Inc. is recognized as one of the top diversity training and development firms in higher education. Our primary mission is to assist colleges and universities with diversity, inclusion and equity measures.


Since 2006, The Academic Network has worked with over 70% of colleges and universities in the United States.