About Us

BlackInNHMs is a community developed to harness the power of the collective. We help individuals find mentors, mentees, and wellness while navigating through the sometimes harsh, isolating world of being Black in NHMs.

We want to diversify our natural history museums. We want the voices, opinions, and stories of Black people to be heard, reflected and respected in Natural history museums. And we want you to help us make it happen.

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As a community of Black museum professionals, we hope to inspire Black professionals worldwide to reimagine their relationship with the biodiversity of our planet while showcasing the vast number of career opportunities available in Natural History Museum and related areas.

Using the power of education and community, we want to diversify the stories told and research done within our natural history museums and celebrate the often unheard contributions of past Black professionals.

Our Mission

Our Vision

We envision a future where Black people’s voices, opinions, and stories are heard, reflected, and respected in Natural history museums. Where every Black individual is aware of opportunities within museums and does not feel like an imposter applying for a position.

We wish to provide community, group support, science education, and networking for Black folk involved or interested in Natural History Museums. 

We wish to create exposure about our cause and act as a reliable, accessible source of information for our community.

Our Founder

BiNHMs is the brainchild of Adania Flemming (She/her/hers), a PhD student in the Biology Department at the University of Florida and a researcher with the IDigBio project at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). 


Adania’s interests lie in the aquatic systems and the ecology of fishes, particularly life histories. However, she is equally interested in expanding learning and professional opportunities for marginalized people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), especially people of African and African Diaspora origins, using NHMs as a resource.


Her experiences and feelings of isolation as a Black female in FLMNH compelled her to find ways to use NHMs as gateways to STEM careers for undergraduate students from marginalized backgrounds, helping them to find mentors and helping mentors to find BIPOC mentees.

Adania is on a mission to build a more diverse and inclusive community in the sometimes harsh isolating world of academia. The formation of the BiNHM community is a direct reflection of Adania’s commitment to changing the color of the NHM profession.

Our Leadership

Currently, we have a dynamic and diverse organizational team planning our first event, the Black In NHMs week. At present, we have an interim board and will establish a Board of Directors following the completion of this first event. See below to meet the team!

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Adania Flemming

PhD student University of Florida,

BlackINNHMs Chair and Founder


Jessica Ware

Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology,

BlackInNHMs organizational team member/lead


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Hadeel Saad

PhD student University of Michigan,

BlackINNHMs organizational team member


Sorilis Ruiz-Escobar

MOS en Español Fellow at the Museum of Science, Boston,
BlackInNHMs organizational team member


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JC Buckner

Postdoctoral Researcher Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science,

BlackInNHMs organizational team member/lead


Alnycea Blackwell

Project Assistant at the iDigBio Project based at the

Florida Museum of Natural History,

BlackInNHMs organizational team member/lead


Hank Bart

Curator, Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection, Tulane University,

BlackInNHMs organizational team member/lead


Nicole Cannarozzi

Collection Manager for Environmental Archaeology

at the Florida Museum,

BlackInNHMs organizational team member


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Day Team

Scott Edwards
Michael Franklin
Melissa Kemp
Miranda Lowe
Nick Martinez
Brianna Mims
Phillip Skipwith
Lisa White

Kory Evans
Aaron Woodruff

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Thank You to Our Donors!

Thanks to all our donors on our GoFundMe! As promised, donations of $250+ have earned a sponsorship at one of the levels listed below and will be featured on our website.

Bronze $250+

Andrew Simons, Beverly Sensbach, David Blackburn, Gil Nelson, John Friel, Jesse E Czekanski-Moir 


Silver $500+​

Douglas Jones, Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute

Gold $1000+

Platinum $2500+

Diamond $5000+

University of Florida Biodiversity Institute

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