About the Black Solidarity Conference
The Black Solidarity Conference at Yale is a completely student-run annual conference held in February. BSC is the largest undergraduate conference held at Yale University and it continues to grow each year! BSC invites over 700 undergraduates of various races, religions, ethnicities, and communities to discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora. Through discussions, panels, networking, and social gatherings, students from across the country analyze issues affecting the Black/Afro-Diasporic community and explore solutions that can be implemented on their own college campuses. In the past, the Conference has hosted Drs. Michael Eric Dyson, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, and Cornel West as keynote speakers. We've also hosted artists such as J. Cole, Big Sean, Vic Mensa, and Phony Ppl as concert performers! In the following pages, you can discover how to register for conference and be a part of this amazing experience!
BSC 2019 Theme: “Still I Rise: Navigating Collective Black Trauma and Resilience”
This year, BSC will address mental health in the black community by exploring the causes of historical and contemporary traumas. The conference will focus on different forms of self-care, self-preservation, and survival tactics through the discussion of topics including resilience based in community, spirituality, and art. Together, we will strive to collectively process and prosper.
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Last Year's Theme:
Let's Get It On: Deconstructing Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in the Black Community
Last year’s theme called participants to unpack the sexual and gendered practices and ideas that we’ve inherited, as well as discuss the ways our community intentionally disrupts them. The 2018 conference truly ran the gamut: from topics such as Black hyper masculinity, to the overt sexualization of Black bodies, to giving voice and visualization to black queer and trans experiences. By entering this conference with an open spirit of exchange, we challenged traditional notions of sex(uality) and gender while making space to explore our intersectional identities.
Where is the Conference?
The conference takes place every February at Yale University. The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale serves as the "home base" throughout BSC while panels, workshops, and several events take place in classrooms, conference halls, and other venues across Yale's campus.
The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale
211 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06511