Black Solidarity Summit

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The University of Montana's Black Student Union and The Student Involvement Network are pleased to announce the second annual Black Solidarity Summit. The Black Solidarity Summit will be held on the University of Montana campus from Saturday, February 16th to Monday, February 18th. The Black Solidarity Summit will serve as a time to celebrate black excellence and educate one another on the black experience at our respective universities and communities. All social justice groups are welcome.

Celebrating Black Excellence, Educating One Another on the Black Experience

The Black Solidarity Summit will bring together representatives from black student unions, African student associations, and black studies programs around the Northwest to address issues of racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, social organization, black academic enrollment, retention, and recruitment at their respective campuses.

At the University of Montana, we have seen a decline in black student enrollment and participation within the Black Student Union. The Black Solidarity Summit serves as a platform for black students and their allies to support one another and engage in discourse about vital issues impacting black students. Through educational and leadership development, community involvement, and networking we can promote change on our college campuses.

Schedule & Keynote

Ericka Hart

Keynote Speaker: Ericka Hart

Ericka Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a Black Queer Femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master's of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka's work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars at Afropunk Fest 2016. Since then, she has spoken at colleges and universities across the country, been featured in countless digital and print publications including Essence, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. Ericka's voice is rooted in leading-edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness, and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity.

The keynote is free and open to the public! VIP seating and a meet & greet with Ericka Hart is included for Black Solidarity Summit attendees.

Session Schedule

View the schedule for the 2019 Black Solidarity Summit.


Registration is now open! Please Register for the 2019 Black Solidarity Summit before January 25, 2019.

Tickets for the 2019 Black Solidarity Summit are non-refundable, the money from your ticket will be donated to the UM Black Student Union.

After registering, be sure to mark yourself as "Going" on Facebook to ensure you're notified with the most up-to-date information!


The Black Solidarity Summit is seeking proposals regarding how your campus or organization addresses one or more of the following:

  1. Celebrating black lives
  2. Promoting community activism
  3. Encouraging discourse about the black experience
  4. Dismantling Racism
  5. Fostering collaboration with elders in the movement

Submit Your Proposal

If you have any questions about your proposal or have any accessibility needs regarding this form, please contact Conference Coordinator Natasha Kalonde at (406) 243-5776 or

Lodging & Accommodations

Campus Housing

Campus housing can be purchased with your Black Solidarity Summit ticket order. On campus housing is $25 per night/per person. Your order will include a twin bed (linens provided) in a double room in a nearby on campus residence hall. Roommate request are available. For more information please view the ticket options on the Black Solidarity Summit Eventbrite or contact the conference coordinator.

Nearby Hotels

While we encourage participants to utilize our affordable campus housing, there are several hotels close to the University of Montana campus.


For questions about the Black Solidarity Summit, or if you have registered but are no longer able to attend, please contact President of the UM Black Student Union and Conference Coordinator, Natasha Kalonde, at (406) 243-5776 or


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