12.16.2014

Call for Proposals: National South Asian Summit 2015

SAALT accepting proposals for summit sessions, April 10-13, 2015 in Washington, DC



SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) is now accepting community proposals for the National South Asian Summit 2015, which will convene South Asian organizations, advocates, and allies from across the United States on April 10-13 in Washington DC.

The National South Asian Summit is an opportunity for organizational leaders and community members to engage with policymakers and government agencies; participate in a learning environment; discuss emerging issues in the South Asian community and the country as a whole; and strategize to achieve best practices, discuss collective solutions, and agree to common principles using a progressive, social justice framework.

SAALT invites you to submit a proposal for a session at the Summit. Here's the full call for proposals:

Call for Community Proposals

DEADLINE: JANUARY 25, 2015

APPLICATION: Word, PDF

The National South Asian Summit 2015 will convene South Asian organizations, advocates, and allies from across the U.S. on April 10-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Summit is an opportunity for organizational leaders and community members to: engage with policymakers and government agencies; participate in a learning environment; discuss emerging issues in the South Asian community and the country as a whole; and, strategize to achieve best practices, discuss collective solutions, and agree to common principles using a progressive, social justice framework.

This year’s theme reflects the growing urgency for diverse South Asian American individuals and families to lift up our voices and create change through collective action for justice.

Claiming Our Power
Mobilizing diversity. Building vision. Demanding justice.

SAALT is committed to reflecting the interests and ideas of community members to help ensure engaging, relevant content and encourages individuals and organizations to submit ideas for consideration. SAALT invites you to submit a proposal for a session today!

Session topics may include:

   - Current issues affecting the South Asians in the US, such as, immigration, national security, racial and religious profiling, hate crimes, biased-based bullying, gender justice, LGBTQ justice, health, civic engagement, xenophobic rhetoric in public discourse, and other issue areas reflected in the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations’ (NCSO) National Action Agenda

   - Skills-building and resource-building around approaches to social change, such advocacy, community organizing, community mobilization, storytelling, partnerships and coalition-building, and direct services

   - Individual and organizational leadership development

   - Organizational capacity building and infrastructure building skills and topics, such as funding, board development, and volunteer management

NOTE: SAALT is particularly interested in including programming by and for students, young advocates, and young professionals around the above topics this year.

Summit 2015 sessions—reflecting a variety of formats, including workshops, panels, plenaries, screenings and discussion groups, and so forth—will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the American University Washington College of Law.

Due to limited space in the Summit 2015 schedule, it will not be possible to incorporate every submitted proposal. We encourage you to be creative! A review team will assess all submissions and work to identify a balance of offerings for the Summit 2015 agenda. SAALT will reach out to individuals and organizations that are selected by February 2, 2015.

To submit a proposal, and for further information about Summit 2015, refer to SAALT's website.