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.
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.
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.
WHAT IS THE ITINERARY?
Check out our 2019 Agenda for an example.
I HAVE GREAT IDEAS. MAY I PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE?
Yes, we would love to hear from you. Please click here to apply.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Every individual will be required to complete an application form. If accepted, you will be sent a confirmation email with a private link to submit your registration fee and confirm your conference attendance. Please click here to apply for the 2019 Conference. Application deadline is March 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST with no exceptions. There is no fee to apply.
WHY DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
The application is meant to provide you with an opportunity to tell us about your background, interest in the conference, and what you believe you would bring to the Afghan-American Conference this year. Because of widespread interest and venue constraints, we must cap the number of participants to ensure that AAC continues to be a quality event. We have also found that an application process is a helpful way to screen prospective participants and identify those who we believe will come to the conference prepared and willing to engage with their community in a constructive manner. There is no fee to submit an application.
I'M AN ALUM. WHY DO I NEED TO APPLY AGAIN?
Space is limited at AAC, and we want to provide the opportunity for all members of our diaspora to attend the conference at least once. We have limited space at AAC each year, and if we were to automatically let alumni in, we would not be able to accommodate new attendees. Thus, to ensure that the process is still fair, alumni need to reapply each year. Additionally, the application helps reset intentions every year, and the questions we ask our alumni differ from those we ask of first-time participants.
WHO REVIEWS MY APPLICATION, AND WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
Members of the Organizing Committee will review all applications. The ideal candidate is one who demonstrates a passion for the Afghan-American community, critical thinking about difficult issues impacting our diaspora and a willingness to engage in respectful dialogue. We are looking for effort, thoughtfulness, passion, and creativity in your application. Click here to read examples of compelling submissions from previous participants.
When will i hear back?
Applicants will hear back regarding their application status on April 19, 2019. Applicants will either be accepted, denied, or placed on a waitlist. Space is limited and we anticipate a high number of applications this year. We always advise applicants to put forth genuine thought and effort.
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.
i applied last year, Does my Formsite account from last year's application carry over to this year?
No, you must create a new log-in each year you apply. The username and password you used for your past applications will not work for this year's application.
FEES, WAIVERS, AND FUNDRAISING
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?
Registration costs for the 2019 conference will be shared shortly. Please note, that registration fee helps us provide conference participants with a comprehensive and professional experience. The fee cover meals, conference materials, speaker costs, and organizational costs. A portion of each participant’s fee will also fund year-round programs. To help keep the conference affordable, we lower our registration fees and fundraise to cover the remaining expenses.
ARE THERE registration fee waivers AVAILABLE?
Cost should never be a barrier to attendance. We are offering need-based scholarships to admitted applicants who need financial support to attend. More information will be provided upon admission, during the registration process.
HOW DOES AAC USE FUNDS RAISED THROUGH SPONSORSHIPS, DONATIONS, AND REGISTRATION FEES?
Our fundraising activities allow us to offset the cost of the conference and keep registration fees low for our participants, without sacrificing the quality of the event. This includes reducing registration fee costs for students and granting 50+ fee waivers each year. Remaining funds are used to support year-round projects and initiatives. 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.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE. CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes! Please email us with your question.