About Us

Research Projects
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Community Researchers Trained
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Digital Steward Cohorts
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Participatory Budgeting Dollars Won
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Who we are

Black Brilliance Research Project (BBR) is a Black queer-led community research collaborative at the forefront of digital justice.

We envision a future where every community is thriving. Where every community are the creators of their own futures. Where every community is directing resources and support to what they need to be happy, healthy, and thriving. We envision a world free of injustice, where safety, health, and opportunity are not just ideals but tangible realities for every person.

In this envisioned future, the Black Brilliance Research Project stands at the forefront, championing the transformation of the digital landscape to serve and uplift Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Our collective, rich with varied expertise and profound lived experiences, unites researchers, digital pioneers, and community advocates in a singular purpose.

Together, we advance participatory action research, empowering communities to be the architects and stewards of the digital solutions that shape their lives. Our work transcends the mere provision of technology; it reimagines the realms of creation, innovation, and leadership in the digital sphere, actively forging a just and equitable digital future for all.

Our approach

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster true community safety, true community health, and true community-led solutions needed for everyone to thrive.
One core component of how we advance our initiatives is through equipping community members with the skills to become champions of connectivity and impact in their neighborhoods. We call these trained community members Digital Stewards. These stewards are more than just trainers; they’re the torchbearers of knowledge, guiding their communities through the labyrinth of the digital world, ensuring safe, informed, and empowered access to technology. They also have training and expertise in community organizing, participatory action research, fund development, and mutual aid.

Our Vision

Our vision, inspired by the wisdom of Indigenous communities around the globe, is one that brings several generations together to create benefits for several generations to come. We envision a world where racism, ableism, transphobia, and other interconnected harmful forms of oppression are a distant memory. We envision a world where every community can unleash its brilliance to create what they need to thrive.
Our goal is to explore and amplify community leadership and expertise, providing tailored strategy and analysis for community partners and governments. We believe in participatory action research, ensuring those most affected by inequities are the architects of their solutions. We are committed to: 1) enhancing and designing new forms of resource sharing, 2) fostering digital and information literacy, 3) constructing community networks, and 4) engineering new products and services. Each of these initiatives stands as a pillar of collective innovation and development.

Our Partners

BBR is honored to collaborate with an array of partners who share our vision of a world where communities flourish and lead their own futures. Our partners are more than allies; they are integral members of a vibrant ecosystem, contributing their unique expertise, resources, and perspectives to realize our collective goals.

Our Numbers That Speak

We’re driven by measurable impact; numbers that serve as milestones, pushing us to break our own records and reach new heights every day. 

Research Projects
0
Community Researchers Trained
0
Digital Steward Cohorts
0
Participatory Budgeting Dollars Won
$ 0 M

Meet The Founder

Dr. Glaze is the research director at Black Brilliance Research Project (BBR). Their journey is marked by a deep commitment to fostering inclusive spaces where diverse voices are not only heard but actively shape the future.

Shaun’s teams have collectively launched dozens of projects, including innovative digital literacy solutions, designed participatory budgeting processes, led multi-state digital equity fellowships, and implemented workforce development programs.

Informed by the work of the Detroit Community Technology Project, BBR is proud to train teams to build internet infrastructure and public interest technology, conduct participatory action research, organize their community, and fund their digital futures.

Shaun holds a PhD from Boston College, MS from UMass Boston, and BA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Meet Our Team