2017 Summit FAQ

1. What is the National South Asian Summit

The National South Asian Summit is hosted by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).  The Summit is 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 demand justice, create change, and claim our power through collective action. The 2017 Summit will be the 10 year anniversary for this epic gathering.  This year’s Summit will be held on April 21-24, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about the Summit here.

2. What is the theme for the National South Asian Summit 2017?

United for Action – Strength | Resilience | Accountability

This year’s theme is in response to the rise in hate violence, xenophobic 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.

3. Who should attend the National South Asian Summit 2017?
Any community member or ally with an interest in:

  • Understanding and addressing issues affecting South Asian and immigrant communities in the United States, and identifying strategies and solutions;
  • Learning skills to advance individual and community-based advocacy;
  • Connecting with activists, advocates, community leaders, students, and young professionals committed to promoting social change.
    We encourage students, advocates, professionals, non-profit staff members, lawyers, community members and leaders, and allies to attend the Summit.

4. How can I register?

General Public – Please register by clicking here.

College Student Registration – If you are a student and will be able to present a valid student ID at the event, then please register by clicking here.

Representatives of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO):  Please e-mail summit@saalt.org for special instructions on registering at the NCSO discounted rate.

Registration is mandatory and will end midnight on April 7, 2017

Please save your tickets. Eventbrite will generate a ticket for each event that you register to attend.  You will be asked to present your paper or electronic ticket in order to gain admittance to each event. Please note that events are at multiple locations, so please read the details on the tickets for date, time, and location information.

5. What is the registration fee?
The Summit registration fee is nonrefundable. Rates are as follows:LTPhotoWeb20130418122

General Public: Register by March 3, 2017 to receive the $75 Early Bird Rate. Registration is $125 after March 3, 2017.

College Students: FREE with valid student identification.

SAALT would like this to be an inclusive event. If you have concerns about paying the registration fee, please contact us at summit@saalt.org.

6. How can I pay?
There are two ways to make payments:

  • Online: Please register here to submit your online payment.
  • Check: If you are unable to submit payment online, mailing a check is acceptable. Please e-mail summit@saalt.org if you plan to submit payment by mail.  Make checks payable to “South Asian Americans Leading Together”
  • Mailing address:

Attn: Summit 2017 Team
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 506
Takoma Park, MD 20912

7. What is included in the registration fee?
Your nonrefundable fee includes:

  • Discounted ticket to the ChangeMakers Awards Reception on the evening of Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Summit registration and materials for Saturday, April 22, 2017 and Sunday, April 23, 2017
  • Advocacy Day registration for Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Activities and meals on Saturday, April 22, 2017 (light breakfast and lunch); Sunday, April 23, 2017 (light breakfast and lunch); and Monday, April 24, 2017 (light breakfast and lunch)

The fee does NOT include transportation to and from the Summit, transportation during your stay, hotel accommodations, extra meals, or other expenses.

8. Can I register for ONLY the ChangeMakers Awards Reception?

Yes! Click here to register for ONLY the ChangeMakers Reception!


9. What is the Summit agenda?
Please check here for the full agenda.

  • Submit a session proposal: 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 and encourages individuals and organizations to submit ideas for consideration. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 24, 2017. Learn more here.
  • Volunteer: Support the Summit as a SAALT team member for up to two shifts April 21-24! Volunteer applications will launch in early March 2017. Apply to be a volunteer here.
  • Donate: Support the Summit and other important SAALT projects by making a financial contribution. Donate here and see how your support will take SAALT to the next level!

11. Is there a hotel that SAALT has designated for Summit attendees?
Yes, a group block has been reserved at the Double Tree by Hilton Washington, D.C.-Silver Spring. Please click here for lodging and travel options.

12. Are the events accessible by public transportation?
Yes, all of the events are accessible by public transportation. Trinity has complimentary shuttle service from the Brookland-CUA metro stop to the campus. We will provide participants with the shuttle schedule prior to the event.

13. Are the events accessible for those with (dis)abilities?
Trinity Washington University and The National Press Club and venues for Advocacy Day on the Hill are accessible. Please contact summit@saalt.org with any questions or requests regarding accessibility.

14. What is the dress code?

  • April 21, ChangeMakers Awards Reception: ethnic/semi-formal/professional
  • April 22-23, Summit: casual/business casual
  • April 24, Advocacy Day: business/professional attire

Participants are encouraged to prepare for traveling between venues and other locations in inclement weather on each day.

15. Will there be interpreters available for the events?
All events will be offered in English. Registrants may request an interpreter during the online registration process. For additional in-language requests, please reach out to summit@saalt.org no later than March 15, 2017.

16. How will I get to the events?
SAALT will provide an in-depth travel guide for events from April 21-24, 2017. The travel guide will launch in March 2017 and can be accessed here. Participants are responsible for their public transportation, taxi, and other travel costs while attending events.