Black Solidarity Summit

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The University of Montana’s Black Student Union is pleased to announce the inaugural Black Solidarity Summit. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the third-oldest Black Studies program in the United States. The Black Solidarity Summit will be held on the University of Montana campus starting with a dinner social on Saturday, February 17th and will continue with lectures and presentations on Sunday, 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. All social justice groups are welcome.

Reflecting on the past, preparing for the future: Laying a Foundation for the Next 50 Years

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, and 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. We hope the Black Solidarity Summit will serve 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.

Interested in Presenting?

We would be thrilled to hear how your campus or community organization is fostering education about the black experience, promoting positive images of African Americans, addressing issues of racial discrimination, or collaborating with community organizations and alumni.

Those interested should complete the Black Solidarity Summit Proposal Form.


Conference admission is free of charge and we encourage you to participate. To register for the conference, please complete the Black Solidarity Summit Registration Form. Note that each attendee must complete a separate form. You should receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registering that will include travel information and logistics.

Accommodations, Lodging, and Travel

We have on-campus housing available for $22 per person per night. We strongly encourage attendees to take advantage of this low-cost and convenient housing option. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in this accommodation. If you are not interested in on-campus housing, please contact one of the suggested hotels below.


For additional information, please contact Meshayla Cox, Conference Coordinator and President of the UM Black Student Union, at (406) 243-5776 or

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