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.
Please see our agendas from previous years for a more detailed look into the conference weekend:
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.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE. CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes! Please email us with your question.