FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our FAQs will be periodically updated, so please check back often for new questions and answers.
WHAT IS THE AFGHAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE?
The Afghan-American Conference is an annual conference for members of the Afghan-American community to engage in meaningful dialogue, grow professionally, and build relationships.
The conference is equal parts professional, cultural, spiritual, social, and personal. It is a holistic event consisting of keynote speeches, and S.E.E.D Talks (Supportive Engaged Empowered Diaspora). professional panels, skill-building workshops, roundtable discussions, safe space caucuses, town halls, networking mixers and arts and entertainment.
WHO HOSTS THE AFGHAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE?
The conference is an annual event hosted by the Afghan-American Community Organization and produced by a conference Organizing Committee. This committee and the many subcommittees that support it consist of Afghan-American professionals and students hailing from across the U.S.
WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?
This conference is open to all individuals who identify as members of the Afghan diaspora. It is targeted to young Afghans who grew up in America, but Afghans of all ages and any diaspora worldwide are welcome to apply. All applicants and participants must be least 18 years old and not a high school student.
WHY DO YOU ENCOURAGE YOUNG AFGHANS SPECIFICALLY TO APPLY?
Our goal is to provide a safe space for up and coming members of our community to come together. We acknowledge that more established members in the community are integral and their wisdom and experiences are invaluable. That is why anyone of any age can apply to attend. However, for now at least, AAC lacks the organizational capacity and resources to organize an event catered to all age ranges. We look forward to supporting and partnering with future initiatives that will help us one day engage ALL members of our community.
CAN I APPLY IF I AM NOT FROM THE USA?
Yes. Although the topics and issues discussed will pertain to the Afghan-American experience, past participants have come from Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, and Afghanistan. Each one of our participants brings valuable insight to our conference. However, priority will be given to those applicants who identify as Afghan-American. In addition, we unfortunately cannot assist with travel visas.
HOW DOES AAC USE FUNDS RAISED THROUGH SPONSORSHIPS, DONATIONS, AND REGISTRATION FEES?
The 3-day Conference is a costly event. We allocate every dollar raised in sponsorships, donations, and registration fees to support the Conference, and other year-round community initiatives and events.
Our sponsorships and donations allow us to cover the cost of the conference and keep registration fees low for our participants, without sacrificing the quality of the event. Over 85% of the funds raised each year feed in directly to the conference, including venue, meals and marketing. As AAC continues to grow, we strive to increase our financial transparency. Of the funds raised, a small proportion is also allocated for the purposes of subsidizing travel costs of planning team members, as well as Keynote speakers, S.E.E.D. speakers, session facilitators, and performers. This also includes reducing registration fee costs for students and granting 50+ fee waivers each year.
Remaining funds are used to support year-round events and initiatives within the community. Some of AAC’s past events and initiatives include: Community Initiatives Challenge, AAC Task Forces, post-election discussions, Night of Giving fundraisers, kick-off parties, reunions, and other community-building events held throughout the country. Additional funds from generous donors in the past have been directly presented as scholarships to students.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CONFERENCE BE HELD?
The 2019 Conference will be held at the University of California, Irvine on June 21-23, 2019.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Every individual will be required to complete an application form. The application period for the 2019 Conference is now closed.
When will i hear back?
Applicants received an email regarding their application status on April 19, 2019. .
WHAT IS THE ITINERARY?
Check out our 2019 Agenda for an example.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO ATTEND THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE?
Full Weekend Pass:
Students/Recent Graduates/Unemployed/Facilitators: $99
Working Professionals: $185
Students/Recent Graduates/Unemployed: $65
Working Professionals: $100
We believe that costs should never prevent attendance, which is why we have offered lower rates to students compared to professionals. Please keep in mind that if you qualify as a professional but still seek financial assistance, you are still eligible to apply for a fee waiver.
HOW DOES AAC USE MY REGISTRATION FEES?
Registration fees cover venue expenses, meals, conference materials, marketing resources, speaker costs, and additional organizational expenses. A portion of each participant’s fee will also fund year-round programs. To ensure the conference is affordable, we lower our registration fees and fundraise to cover the remaining balance to cover expenses.
ARE THERE registration fee waivers AVAILABLE?
Under very limited circumstances, we can provide fee waivers to help cover the conference registration fee for individuals with financial need. If you would like to apply for a fee waiver, please complete the confidential fee waiver application by April 26th. You will get a response on April 29, 2019 and, if you receive a fee waiver, you will have until May 7, 2019 by 11:59 PM PST to register. Even if you do not receive a fee waiver, you will not be charged a late fee.
Are registration fees refundable?
Refunds are not guaranteed and will be issued at the sole discretion of the conference organizers. Refund requests must be submitted by May 15, 2019 for consideration. Any refunds offered will incur a one-time $25.00 processing fee. Refunds requested after May 15, 2019 will not be issued unless the requester can demonstrate extenuating circumstances.
I AM TRAVELING TO AAC AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND A ROOMMATE, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?
If you would like to connect with other registered participants who are seeking a roommate for the conference, please click here to review and complete the Roommate Request Form.
Please note: AAC can only provide you with a list of other participants who are seeking roommates, we are not responsible for coordinating with other participants or arranging hotel accommodations on your behalf.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE. CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes! Please email us with your question.