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Solidarity Semester: Spring 2021!

A project of SolidarityIs and Building Movement Project

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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.


With extreme weather events, the rise of anti-Asian violence, deportations of Black migrants, and economic turmoil happening as we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, we are experiencing a crisis within a crisis. By building community, sharing resources, knowledge, and experiences, we can find our place within social change movements and shift from feeling overwhelmed to feeling held and supported in stepping into solidarity-based activism. 


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 social 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 kick off on March 24th and end on April 21st.  Our sessions will occur on Wednesdays between 5-6 ET/2-3PT. These sessions will be broadcast on Youtube and focus on solidarity principles, feature examples of campaigns, and provide calls to action. 


Our Study Break sessions held every week on Zoom will be an opportunity to connect with other youth leaders and build a community of practice. 

WhAT if I miss A session ?

We understand that time and capacity needs might make attending the weekly Youtube Sessions live difficult. When you sign up here, you will receive a recap email, with links to the recordings, syllabi, and resources.

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, climate justice, 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 by March 19th, 2021. Please hold the dates for the YouTube sessions on your calendar and follow Building Movement Project on Instagram (@buildingmovementproject) for more information on the Study Break 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, Deepa Iyer, Shelby House, and Kitty Hu. 

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.

Deepa is the Director of Strategic Initiatives 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. 

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. 

Kitty is the Communications and Administration intern at the Building Movement Project. Outside of BMP, she is a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist, uplifting stories at the intersection of justice and human relationships, exploring topics like labor, housing, migration and sustainability.