Black Solidarity Summit

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The University of Montana's Black Student Union, African American Studies Program, and the Student Involvement Network are pleased to announce the third annual Black Solidarity Summit. The Black Solidarity Summit will be held on the University of Montana campus on Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th. 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.

Celebrating Black Excellence

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 to support one another and engage in discourse about vital issues impacting the black community. Through educational and leadership development, community involvement, and networking we can promote change on our college campuses.


Join us in the UC Ballroom for the Black Solidarity Summit Keynote Speaker, Rachel Cargle. Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of over 315k where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.

The keynote event is free and open to the public.

Black Solidarity Summit Keynote: Rachel Cargle


Registration is now open! Please Register for the 2020 Black Solidarity Summit before February 7, 2020.

Student Tickets: Students can attend the Summit for free this year!

Community Member Tickets: Community members can attend the Summit for $40.


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