Stanford Black Alumni Summit

Frequently Asked Questions


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 April 29 - May 1, 2022 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. Please plan to arrive on Thursday 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. You should be there!

When does registration open?

We plan to open up registration in the early Fall of 2021. If you are a member of SNBAA, you will receive notification in email once registration opens. If you are not yet a member, send an email to snbaa.messages [at] to join. It is free and open to all alumni of Stanford University.

Why did you postpone the Summit?

After careful consideration and consultation with the Summit Advisory Board (which includes black former University Trustees, past Summit Chairs, SNBAA Co-Chairs, and distinguished alums), Summit Leadership, and University Staff, we decided it was in the best interest of conducting a successful event to move it from 2021 to 2022. With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting alums, the University, the host City, and the Country, we are hopeful to be on the other side of this pandemic.

How much does registration cost?

Regular admission price is $400 when registering by January 31. A limited number of Early bird special pricing is available at $350. There are discounted rates for Young Alumni (social class year in last 5 years). RSVP is required. Registration will begin in the Fall. Make sure that you are a member of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association in order to get the registration notification. JOIN TODAY

May I bring an adult guest to the Summit?

SNBAA members may bring one (1) guest. That means 2 registrations total, including the alum.

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 ​DeLise Bernard, AB '98, AM '99, Jonathan Carter, MS '96, and Cecil Talbott, BS '91. 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.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional unanswered questions, please send an email to snbaasummit [at]

What if I am interested in sponsoring the Summit?

If you or your company has interest in Sponsorship opportunities for the Summit, please contact us at snbaasummit [at]

Do you plan to host a virtual event?

We are considering ways to accommodate a virtual Summit experience and if we are able to do so, we will release details at a later date.

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!

Will attendees be required to wear masks?

We will continue to follow guidance set forth by Stanford University and the District of Columbia. We will update our FAQs to be in alignment with the university gathering and meeting regulations.

Will attendees be required to be fully vaccinated?

We will continue to follow guidance set forth by Stanford University and the District of Columbia. We will update our FAQs to be in alignment with the university gathering and meeting regulations.

How do I find out the latest 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.

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.

I cannot afford to attend because of my current financial circumstance.  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. Please note, application and recipient information will be kept private. Each year, we have members who are only able to attend the Summit because of the generous support from fellow alums. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please apply here. If you are interested in donating, you can contribute when registration opens.

How can I contribute to the Assistance Fund?

Thank you for your generosity! You can contribute to the Assistance Fund once registration begins in the Fall during the registration process.

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, 2022 to request assistance due to a disability or special need.

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.

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!

How do I book my hotel room?

The Mandarin Oriental is the Summit venue and the location of our exclusive room block. Discounted room rates begin at $279 per night plus taxes and fees. Please make your reservation no later than April 6, 2022. Room Reservations can be made online in the Summit registration portal once available.

Will I get a refund if Summit is cancelled or postponed due to COVID?

We will offer refunds if the Summit is cancelled. If postponed, we will have more information about options for registrants including refunds.

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]