Black Solidarity Summit to Take Place at UM

February 13, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Black Student Union and the University Center Student Involvement Network will host the second annual Black Solidarity Summit from Saturday to Monday, Feb. 16-18, in the UC.

The  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 and retention.

The event serves as a platform for black students and their allies to support one another and engage in discourse about vital issues impacting black students. The summit is three days of presentations by UM faculty, staff, students and Missoula community members. Representatives from Montana State University, Boise State University and Alma College also will present.

Although registration for the summit is closed, the keynote address, featuring Ericka Hart, is free and open to the public. Hart is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator. Her 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.

For more information visit the event website at http://www.umt.edu/solidarity.

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Contact: Hailey Michelson, student involvement adviser, UM Branch Center and Student Involvement Network, 406-243-5776, hailey.michelson@mso.umt.edu.