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Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute

A Free Summer Leadership Course for High school Students


Date: July 14-25, 2024

Where: University of Wyoming Campus | Laramie, WY


What You Can Expect

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Purpose & Outcomes

The Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute is designed for students interested in individual freedom of expression; civil rights and social justice; and the exploration of diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Participants will experience a multi-day, overnight program that provides rising junior and senior high school students with an opportunity to research contemporary issues related to, and important to, the Black community at the local, state, national and global levels.

Participants build relationships, connect with shared experiences, and contribute to the working legacy of the Black 14. The program's impact is evident through scholarships, bridge programs, and the publication of student projects, highlighting the importance of continued investment and growth.

Above all, the increased agency and critical thinking skills made possible by attending the institute will shine through as a true continuation of the collective action and social change the Black 14 members made in the 1969 protest.








High school juniors and seniors with a passion for social justice are encouraged to apply! There are a limited number of spaces. Previous attendees are encouraged to apply as peer mentors. 





Enjoy on-campus housing in the Tobin House. Specifically reserved for Institute attendees and peer mentors, this residence ensures a supportive and immersive environment for learning, networking, and shared experiences among peers.







Apply before April 19, 2024. Students will be notified of admittance by May 17, 2024. Please confirm acceptance and submit all necessary forms by June 14, 2024. The institute will take place July 14-25, 2024. 





The cost of the institute is free. Flight accommodations, housing, and meals are all covered by the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and Foundation. For more information please contact the Planning Team at 307-766-6672 or



Peer Mentorship




Apply to be a Peer Mentor 

The University of Wyoming's Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute presents a transformative chance to serve as a peer mentor or lead mentor, impacting lives and fostering a culture of inclusivity. As a peer mentor, you'll embody leadership and guidance, nurturing a supportive environment for participants. Embrace this chance to empower and inspire change within a community passionate about social justice and equality. 


Apply by February 2, 2024

Peer Mentor Job Description | Lead Mentor Job Description







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The Black 14 Legacy

On October 17, 1969, fourteen Black University of Wyoming (UW) football players wanted to ask Head Coach Lloyd Eaton permission to join a national movement to protest the policy prohibiting African Americans from joining the priesthood in Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. They planned to wear black armbands during a game against Brigham Young University (BYU), symbolizing their stand against racism, oppression, and social injustice. Upon meeting with Head Coach Eaton, they were immediately suspended from the UW football team. Today, these fourteen UW football players are known as the Black 14. On September 13, 2019, verbal and written official University apologies were given to the Black 14. In honor of the Black 14 legacy, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Social Justice Research Center established the Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute.  


black 14 members being honored on the UW football feild at half time


The Black 14


Jay (Jerry) Berry

Tony Gibson

John Griffin

Lionel Grimes

Mel Hamilton

Ron Hill

Guillermo (Willie) Hysaw

Jim Issac

Earl Lee

Tony McGee

Don Meadows

Ivie Moore

Joe Williams

Ted Williams





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Presented by 



UW Alumni Association


Social Justice Research Center



Contact Us

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Old Main 107
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6672

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