Join us for the

Fall 2020 Solidarity Semester!

A project of SolidarityIs and Building Movement Project


What is the Solidarity Semester?

The Solidarity Semester is a free five-week online training school for emerging youth leaders (aged 18-25) across the country who are ready to take action for social change and are looking for ways to get involved on campus, online, and in your communities.


The United States is at another critical juncture, with COVID19 and anti-Black racism catalyzing movements for justice, equity, and liberation. Young people are fueling campaigns in response to the murders of Black people by police, establishing mutual aid networks, and advocating against the ongoing attacks on LGBTQ and immigrant communities.

Given the potential for social change and solidarity in this moment, Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs is organizing a Solidarity Semester in September and October 2020. The Solidarity Semester will be an opportunity for young people - whether newly engaged or experienced activists - to learn about solidarity principles, social change roles, and current racial justice campaigns. 

What can I gain from participating in the Solidarity Semester?

  • A Social Change Toolkit: Through tools and frameworks, you’ll learn how to deepen your participation, leadership, and engagement in social change efforts. 

  • Inspiration: You’ll hear from social change leaders who will share their experiences and perspectives from the frontlines to address anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and more.

  • Ideas for Action: You’ll learn ways to take action on campus, online, and in your communities.

  • A Community: You’ll connect with other youth leaders around the country who share a similar interest in taking action for social change.

  • A Pathway: You’ll learn about how to hone your skills and find internships and jobs with non-profit and movement-building organizations.

When is the Solidarity Semester?

The Solidarity Semester will begin on September 15th and end on October 15th.  Our sessions will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6 and 7PM EST/ 3 and 4PM PST. The Tuesday sessions, happening on Zoom, will focus on solidarity principles, feature examples of campaigns, and provide calls to action. The Thursday sessions will feature interviews with social change leaders and will occur on Instagram Live at the @buildingmovementproject account.  


Join us!  Sign up here to receive the Zoom link for the Tuesday sessions and additional information about the Thursday Instagram Live sessions.


    September 15 and 17th: What’s Your Social Change Role?

    September 22 and 24: Solidarity in Action

    September 29th and October 1: Solidarity in Practice

    October 6th and 8th: Self-Care and Community-Care

    October 13 and 15th: Exploring My Social Change Ecosystem 


During the first week of the Solidarity Semester, we will provide information about securing internships with organizations advocating for justice, equity, and liberation, as well as ways to engage more deeply with other students in the Solidarity Semester. 

WhAT if I miss A session ?

While we encourage you to attend all the sessions live, we understand that there are a variety of good reasons that might make that impossible. Sign up here to receive email updates on what was shared during class. The recordings, syllabi, and resources will be posted here on this website.

Is the Solidarity Semester for me?


Yes! If you are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 OR

  • Currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree 


  • Interested in human rights, including racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and gender justice

  • Want to learn more about solidarity and social change 

  • Looking to connect with youth leaders across the country

  • Interested in learning about professional pathways related to social change

  • Ready to commit to deepening your awareness about social change and solidarity

How do I sign up?

Register here. Please hold the dates for the Zoom sessions on your calendar and follow Building Movement Project on Instagram (@buildingmovementproject) for more information on the Instagram Live Sessions.

are there any costs?

The Solidarity School is free. To participate, you will need access to a computer or phone to download and install Zoom, and have a quiet place to join sessions.


If you have any questions about the Solidarity Semester, please contact

Who’s Organizing the Solidarity Semester?

 The Solidarity Semester is organized by a team of people including Anna Castro, Catherine Foley, Deborah Makari, Deepa Iyer, Meron Tebeje, and Shelby House. Our Solidarity Semester faculty will include Deepa Iyer and Anna Castro as well as movement leaders from around the country.

Anna is a communications strategist who has worked for Transgender Law Center, Mi Familia Vota, the ACLU of California Voting Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. 

Catherine is the Communications and Operations Associate at the Building Movement Project. Prior to joining BMP, she worked in publishing and received a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from New York University.

Deborah is a 2019 graduate of The Ohio State University where she studied History, Inequality & Society and English. She works in philanthropy and supports Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

Deepa is the Director of Movement Building at the Building Movement Project, the former executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. 

Meron is a multimedia storyteller, organizer, and a communications strategist. An abolitionist organizer, she believes it is our duty to ensure representation that centers Black liberation and Black immigrants within current movement spaces.

Shelby is a Fellow at the Building Movement Project, where she provides research, writing, and graphic design support for SolidarityIs. She is currently a graduate student in South Asian Studies at the University of Washington.