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Stanford Black Alumni Summit

Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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.
  • When and where is the event?
    The Stanford Black Alumni Summit will take place March 21 - March 24th, 2024 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please plan to arrive on Thursday in time for the Opening Reception and depart late Sunday afternoon.
  • Why should I attend?
    Stanford Black alumni (undergraduates and graduates) from across the world, from every era, class, and school attend the Summit. You should be there to experience the energy!
  • I haven't been connected with Stanford since graduation, or I wasn't very connected to the Black Community when I was there.  Should I still attend the Summit?"
    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!
  • 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 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 inter-generational, cross-class, and cross-school connection for Black alumni.
  • Who is organizing the Summit?
    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 Leadership Team. This year the Summit Leadership Team is chaired by ​David Doggette '91, Tracey Webb '82, and Kelsei Wharton '12. They spearhead a talented group of alumni of the University.
  • What is the University's involvement with 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.
  • When does registration open?
    Registration is open as of September, 1, 2023. If you are a member of SNBAA, you should have received notification in email for the email address we have on file. If you are not yet a member, send an email to snbaa.messages [at] for instructions on how to join SNBAA. It is free and open to all alumni of Stanford University. You can register for the Summit here!
  • How much does registration cost?
    Below is a guide to registrations. Take note of the time period and corresponding cost when determining registration pricing. There are a limited number of Early bird special tickets. There are discounted rates for Young Alumni (social class year in last 5 years). Make sure that you are a member of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association in order to get the registration notification. Navigate to, search SNBAA and click JOIN.
  • What does registration include?
    Admission to all conference sessions; keynotes; breakfast; lunch; coffee breaks; Thursday evening reception; and Summit swag. Additional Summit Social Activities that take place outside of the main program (e.g. Saturday night party, etc.) require separate registration and associated fees.
  • How do I book my hotel room?
    We are excited to offer two hotel accommodations for Summit attendees: Ritz Carlton (Host hotel) - $329++ nightly while rooms are available in the block. Deadline to book February 28. Courtyard Marriot (Connected to Ritz) - $269++ nightly while rooms are available in the block. Deadline to book February 21. You receive a link to book your room in the hotel once you complete your registration for The Summit.
  • May I bring an adult guest to the Summit?
    SNBAA members may bring one (1) guest. In order to attend, the guest must be registered to benefit fully from the Summit experience. That means 2 registrations total, including the alum.
  • I cannot afford to attend because of my current financial circumstance. Is there any form of assistance that can help me attend?
    Each year, we have members who are only able to attend the Summit because of the generous support from fellow alums. For those alum seeking assistance towards their registration fees, you can complete an application HERE. Note that applications are due no later than January 1, 2024. Application and recipient information will be kept private.
  • How can I contribute to the Assistance Fund?
    Interested in supporting the Summit Assistance Fund? Thank you for your generosity! We encourage alumni who are able to make additional contributions toward Summit costs, which will go toward a fund to support fellow alumni who might not be able to attend without assistance. When you register, you will be presented with options for contributing.
  • What if I am interested in sponsoring the Summit?
    We have big plans for the 2024 Summit and your sponsorship can have a great impact on our community’s ability to accomplish this and more! To this end we have put together some sponsorship levels for your consideration. Supporting the Summit will not only help bring our vision to life, it will also help bring greater visibility and engagement to your organization. For more information, please email
  • What if I am interested in volunteering for the Summit?
    We welcome all alumni to volunteer during summit weekend to help in making this a great event. If you are interested in being part of the volunteer pool please send an email to snbaasummit [at]
  • How do I find out the latest Summit news?
    Please regularly visit our website to find out information about the Summit, including speakers, sponsorship opportunities and ways to volunteer. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
  • 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 March 1, 2024 to request assistance due to a disability or special need.
  • Will attendees be required to wear masks?
    Although masks are encouraged in New Orleans, individuals are no longer required by the City, State, or Federal government to wear masks. All residents and visitors to the City of New Orleans should take personal responsibility to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, by assessing the individual risk of attending large and/or crowded gatherings, considering face coverings in public, and staying up to date on vaccinations.
  • Do you plan to host a virtual event?
    This year, we are excited to focus on our in-person Summit experience. For those who can't attend in person, we encourage them to follow all the updates on social media.
  • What if I have additional questions?
    If you have additional unanswered questions, please send an email to snbaasummit [at]
  • Cancellations & Refunds
    Cancellations and Refunds Refunds (minus a 15% charge) for Summit Passes, will be issued for requests submitted by December 31, 2023 Refunds for individual Social Events are governed by their stated refund policy Registration Transfers will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please email for more information. No refunds will be issued after December 31, 2023 * * We will honor refunds for COVID-19 related circumstances.
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