Our Frequently Asked Questions 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.
Please refer to the About Us section of our website to learn more about the Organizing Committee.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CONFERENCE BE HELD?
The 2019 conference is in early-planning stages. Location details will be finalized and shared soon.
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 participants must be over the age of 18 or high school graduates.
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 2018 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 submit your session ideas, keynote recommendations, or apply to be a speaker or facilitator at AAC 2019.
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. The application for the 2019 conference will be published shortly. Please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest information.
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 for every single attendee. We have also found that an application process is a helpful way to screen prospective attendees 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 the 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.
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 attendees 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.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE. CAN YOU HELP ME?
Yes! Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.