National NCNW News

—Today, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) officially launched The Bethune-Height Changemaker Pathways (BHCP). BHCP is an intentionally designed programmatic response to the systemic inequities that continue to stifle Black women’s maximized success. 

“Through BHCP, we are making a distinct commitment to our future by creating a framework and space that has the power to cause a critical ripple effect,” said President and CEO Shavon Arline-Bradley. “We are empowering Black women and girls to actualize and maximize their greatness, which will in turn change their trajectory and the narrative for their communities.” 

BHCP is named in honor of NCNW’s visionary founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and NCNW’s longest-serving president, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height––two influential women who embody what it means to be a true changemaker, exemplified by their lifelong commitment to effecting change through advocacy, empowerment, movement leadership, and social action. Rising changemakers are Black women and girls who are committed to walking in the footsteps of the heroines who came before them. 

BHCP includes multiple pathways, each has a distinct focus and approach to cultivating Black women changemakers. The first pathway to launch is the Collegiate Career Accelerator, a multifaceted program intentionally designed to kick-start and advance careers through community, funding, mentoring, and training. Applications for the inaugural class are due by June 17, 2024, 11:59PM EST. Visit for more information. “This is only the beginning! Our goal is to empower thousands! We will use what we learn from this pilot to scale and maximize impact,” noted President Arline-Bradley. 

The BHCP Collegiate Career Accelerator would not be possible without the generous support of Target. NCNW is grateful for their contribution to the success of this program.  

Please email any questions to Halima Adenegan, Esq. at

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