Post students and members of the University’s Black Student Union attended the Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University earlier this month.
The multi-day conference brings undergraduates of all colors together to discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora through discussions, panels, networking, and social gatherings. Over 700 college students from across the country, including nine Post students, met to analyze issues facing the African-American community and to find solutions students may be able to undertake on their respective college campuses.
Freshman Akia Callum, who started Post’s Black Student Union earlier this year, organized the group’s visit and lauded the value the conference offered to everyone in attendance.
“We felt it was a great opportunity and with the sponsorship of Post, as well as community organizations like the NAACP and the Congress of Black Women, Inc., it was made a reality,” said Callum. “The topics were extremely interesting, and we all learned a great deal.”
Callum also applied for and was selected to lead discussions at the conference. She led groups of thirty students from colleges across the country in discussions about colorism within the African-American community and the African-American church’s stance on sexual fluidity.
“Having never attended the conference, and being one of the few freshman in attendance, I was very nervous and anxious about presenting,” she said. “I wanted to make Post proud, and I wanted to promote a positive discussion around these topics. I felt we were able to do that and the experience was very rewarding.”
Reflecting on the conference, Callum, a Legal Studies major, said she got a much better understanding of the path to law school and what a law career would entail by speaking with members in the law community. Other key takeaways for Callum were a discussion on mental health and the idea of branding yourself, making yourself marketable and controlling your online footprint.
“I got everything I came for and more out of the conference,” she said. “It was a very proud moment for me, to represent Post and have the positive discussion we had with college students across the country.”
The Black Solidarity Conference at Yale happens each February, and Callum said she is already looking forward to learning more and continuing to lead the way at next year’s conference.