2017 Call for Community Proposals

SAALT is pleased to announce a Call for Community Proposals for the


 Deadline:  February 24, 2017

The National South Asian Summit 2017 will convene South Asian organizations, advocates, and allies from across the U.S. on April 21-24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Summit will be the 10-year anniversary for this epic gathering, and will provide an opportunity to build skills that will deepen your organization’s work and your individual leadership, connect with government officials and congressional offices, expand your networks, and strategize with diverse leaders, advocates, and allies to demonstrate justice, create change, and claim our power through collective action.

This year’s theme is in response to the rise in hate violence, xenophobic political rhetoric, and anti-immigrant sentiment that have escalated to unprecedented levels.  These challenges facing our communities continue to grow.  In response, our communities must be United for Action.


Strength. Resilience. Accountability 

Summit 2017 sessions—reflecting a variety of formats, including workshops, panels, plenaries, screenings and discussion groups, etc.—will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 and Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Trinity Washington University. SAALT is committed to reflecting the interests and ideas of community members to help ensure engaging, relevant content.  We are encouraging individuals and organizations to submit ideas for consideration.

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, etc.
  • Skills-building and resource-building around approaches to social change, such as advocacy, community organizing, community mobilization, storytelling, partnerships and coalition-building, and direct services
  • State and local advocacy, such as local campaign development, strategies for engagement with service organizations, etc.
  • Individual and organizational leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building and infrastructure building skills and topics, such as funding, board development, volunteer management, etc.

All sessions will be 75 minutes. The deadline for proposals is February 24, 2017

Due to limited space in the Summit 2017 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 2017 agenda. SAALT will reach out to individuals and organizations that are selected in late February.

Click Here to Download the Call For Presentations Application Form

Please submit all proposals and direct all questions to summit@saalt.org.

The National South Asian Summit 2017 is hosted by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)