Black Solidarity Conference (BSC)

Who are we?

The Black Solidarity Conference at Yale seeks to bring undergraduates of all colors together to discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora. Through discussions, panels, workshops, networking, and social gatherings, over 700 students from across the country analyze issues affecting our communities and explore solutions to undertake at their respective college campuses.

What do we do?

Black Solidarity Conference (BSC):

  • Description: The Black Solidarity Conference unites over 300 college students annually for a weekend of impactful activities, panels, and speaker events. The focus is on fostering solidarity and addressing crucial issues within the Black community. The 2023 theme, “Parts of a Whole: Embracing Intersectionality in the Black Identity,” prompted discussions on Queerness, Toxic Masculinity, Black Environmentalism, and more.
  • Noteworthy Events: Featured a keynote dinner at the Omni with activists Chelsea Miller and Tamika Mallory, emphasizing the pivotal role of intersectionality in their lives and activism.

Upcoming Cultural Student Conference:

  • Date: January
  • Anticipated Participation: Around 600 students
  • Event Highlights: A 2-day conference featuring panels, a concert, and a keynote dinner. The central theme, “Mobilizing with Care in the Black Community,” aims to address vital issues and promote thoughtful mobilization.

Annual Black Solidarity Conference:

  • Expected Participants: Approximately 750 Black students from across the country
  • Purpose: The conference serves as a platform for leadership workshops, fostering solidarity, and expanding knowledge about the Black diaspora.

Board Meetings:

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Objective: The board convenes regularly to meticulously plan the diverse components of the annual conference scheduled for February. These meetings are pivotal in ensuring the success and impact of the conference.

Learn more through our website and contact Gabi Picott (President, gabi.picott@yale.edu) for any questions!

Our Mission:

The Black Solidarity Conference at Yale seeks to bring undergraduates of all colors together to discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora. Through discussions, panels, workshops, networking, and social gatherings, over 700 students from across the country analyze issues affecting our communities and explore solutions to undertake at their respective college campuses.



Our Activities:

Cultural Student Conference
Advocacy, or Activism
We will hold a conference in January hosting approximately 600 students from other schools. We will have a 2 day event including panels, a concert, and a keynote dinner centered around the theme "Mobilizing with Care in the Black Community."

Cultural Student Conference
Advocacy, or Activism
This year's conference, “Transforming Silence into Action: Mobilizing with Care in the Black Community” calls participants to address the community activism and mobilization following the 2020 pandemic and the death of George Floyd. However, we also recognize the large toll of this activism on Black individuals, and thus seek to unpack the responsibilities we as members of the Black diaspora have to the communities we find ourselves in. The 2024 conference will truly run the gamut: discussions evaluating the roots of activism and community organizing, panels educating attendees on how to organize acts of mobilization, the role of education in mobilization, and engaging in discourse around the repeal of affirmative action among other topics of discussion. In the open spirit of exchange, BSC was able to successfully facilitate an environment of enlightenment and compassion for the well-being of the Black diaspora.



Student Leaders:

Gabi Picott - Coordinator/President Gabi Picott - Coordinator/President

About the Author