The 2015 Black Alumni Summit: FAQ


When and where is the event?

The Stanford Black Alumni Summit will take place May 1st – May 3rd, 2015 (Friday-Sunday) at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. Please plan to arrive on Thursday evening or early Friday morning, and depart Sunday afternoon.

What is the Stanford Black Alumni Summit?

Led by alumni, the Summit is a “can’t miss” gathering for all Stanford Black Alumni (undergraduates and graduates). The program features fun sessions, high-profile and game-changing alumni, inspirational keynote speakers, entertainment, meaningful networking and more.

Who should attend?

Black alumni (undergraduates and graduates) from across the world, from every era, class, and school. You should be there!

Why should I attend? What’s in it for me?

This is going to be an event like no other! Imagine a getaway that combines all the things you loved about Stanford, takes it to the next level and facilitates an opportunity for Black alumni to connect across classes, eras, schools, undergraduate and graduate experiences. We will laugh, learn, make meaningful new connections and energize existing ones, draw inspiration, share information, and impact our community. As members of the Stanford Black Alumni network, we possess specialized resources and connections that we SHOULD leverage. SNBAA is focused on helping you get involved in making that happen!

How do I find out the latest Summit news?

Updates are sent to all members of SNBAA. To join SNBAA, visit here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#SNBAASummit) to be among the first to know about breaking news, and check out this website for comprehensive information.

How is the Summit going to be different from Reunion or other University events?

Historically, Stanford Black alumni across graduating classes and schools have occasionally gathered to celebrate and reconnect (Alumni Summit in 1984 leading up to Stanford Centennial, Stanford Centennial in 1991, Black Alumni Reunions in the 90s, Minority Alumni Conference in 2004, Orange Bowl in 2011, Fiesta Bowl in 2012). Although the University has sponsored activities geared toward the Black community at every reunion since 2000, we seek to augment these efforts by creating an ongoing forum for intergenerational, cross-class, and cross-school connection for Black alumni.

How much does registration cost?

Tickets to the Summit are SOLD OUT! Please email to place yourself on the Summit wait list.” If additional spaces become available, alumni on the wait list will be offered the opportunity to purchase tickets at the regular admission price of $350.

Although the Summit is SOLD OUT! Availability still exists for select social events.
RSVP is required.  [Register]

I cannot afford to attend because of my current financial circumstances. Is there any form of assistance that can help me attend?

Contributions from your Stanford Black Alumni Family have provided for a limited fund to help a select group of volunteers to attend the Summit. For more information, please review the Assistance Fund FAQs.  Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for the fund, and application and recipient information will be kept private.

How can I contribute to the Assistance Fund?

Thank you for your generosity! We are no longer accepting contributions to the fund.

May I bring an adult guest to the Summit?

SNBAA members may bring one (1) adult guest.

What should I do if I need special accommodations in order to attend the Summit?

Please email with a description of your needs prior to April 1, 2015 to request assistance due to a disability or special need.

What does registration include?

Admission to all conference sessions; keynotes; breakfast; lunch; coffee breaks; Friday evening reception; Authors’ Pavilion and Summit swag. Additional Summit Social Activities that take place outside of the main program (e.g. Saturday night party) will require separate registration.

I haven’t been connected to the University since graduation, or I wasn’t very connected to the Black community when I was at Stanford. Should I still attend?

By all means, you should be there! A major goal of the event is to help alumni reconnect, so here’s your chance to do so in a fun, safe space.  This is a great opportunity to connect with people you may have wanted to meet while on campus, or after graduation,  It is never too late to get to know your fellow Black alumni!

Who is organizing the event?

This alumni-led event is hosted by the Stanford National Black Alumni Association (SNBAA). The SNBAA Board provides oversight for and works in conjunction with the Summit Planning Committee, which manages programming. In addition to our Planning Committee, a Host Committee and National Committee play leadership roles in the planning process; and Alumni Ambassadors ensure attendance from across class years, schools, interests and eras.

What is the University’s involvement in the Summit?

The Summit is an alumni-led event, conceived, planned, and hosted by the Stanford National Black Alumni Association (SNBAA). SNBAA is an official chartered club of the University. The Summit has the support of, but is not hosted by, the University.

How do I book my hotel room?

Many of our guests are staying at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta GA, 30303

If you already have a reservation in one of the SNBAA Blocks, you can click here to manage your existing room reservation at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Haven’t made your room reservation, yet? You can click here to view Special “Last-Minute Weekend” rates that may still be available at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Why Atlanta?

Almost half of Stanford Black Alumni live east of the Mississippi. Atlanta is an easy destination for the majority of alumni to travel to, with many able to plan business and/or personal travel around the event. Furthermore, our planning and programming enjoy great support from the local Stanford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) Atlanta Alumni Club.

Summit Assistance Fund FAQS

Who is eligible for assistance?

Only SNBAA members are eligible for Assistance Funds. These funds are at a premium — please only apply if the cost of attending the Summit would create a financial hardship for you and the full registration fee would prohibit your attendance.

What do you mean by 'financial hardship?'

Many alumni who wish to attend The 2015 Stanford Black Alumni Summit are able to participate only through the assistance they receive from the Assistance Fund. While everyone would of course appreciate a discount, SNBAA asks that you apply only if attending the Summit would create a financial hardship for you and the full registration fee would prohibit your attendance.

What does the assistance cover?

Assistance covers the full Summit registration fee for one (1) Stanford alum.

What are the requirements?

  • Be unable to attend the Summit without this assistance
  • Complete and submit the Assistance Fund application by December 15th
  • Add your name to the “Look Who’s Coming” feature on the Summit registration page
  • Volunteer onsite during the Summit
  • Attend ALL full days of the Summit (Friday, May 1st through Saturday, May 2nd)
  • Sign, complete and submit ALL Summit evaluation forms.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2015. Please note, this deadline is firm. Extensions will NOT be given.

How do I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Summit Assistance Fund.

If I complete the assistance application, do I still need to register for the Summit?

Yes, you must still complete a registration for the Summit before March 1st, including displaying your name in the “Look Who’s Coming” list. SNBAA will provide approved recipients with instructions on how to register.

How were approved Assistance Fund recipients notified?

Approved recipients received an approval letter and further instructions from SNBAA via email by Thursday, January 1, 2015. Non-selected applicants will be notified via email as well.

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the application process?