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.


Saturday, February 17th

  • 12:00PM-9:00PM Residence Hall Housing Check-In
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM Campus Tour (Optional)
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM Conference Check-In Begins
  • 6:00PM-8:30PM Opening Reception
    Hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Heavy hors d'oeuvres provided.
  • 8:30PM-11:00PM Social in the UC Game Room (Optional)

Sunday, February 18th

  • 9:00AM-10:00AM Breakfast
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM Presentation Block 1
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM Presentation Block 2
  • 12:00PM-1:30PM Lunch
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM Presentation Block 3
  • 2:30PM-3:30PM Presentation Block 4
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM Coffee Break
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM Presentation Block 5
  • 5:00PM-6:30PM Dinner
  • 7:00PM-9:00PM Shaun King Keynote with Q&A
    Private Meet and Greet for Summit Attendees After Keynote

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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.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center

The Black Solidarity Summit Opening Reception will be hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. As Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Senator Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), was instrumental in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mansfield worked with Montana Senator Lee Metcalf (D-Mont.) to outmaneuver opponents of the bill, ultimately passing the act and setting in motion the still-ongoing process of extending equal rights, treatment and protection to all people across the United States. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana is proud to carry on that legacy. The Mansfield Center was founded to honor Senator Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner Maureen Hayes Mansfield. Our work promotes ethics in public affairs and mutual understanding between peoples of the world, with a focus on relations with Asia.

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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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