The National South Asian Summit 2017 will convene hundreds of 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 demand justice, create change, and claim your power through collective action.

This year’s theme, UNITED FOR ACTION, 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.


SAALT is seeking to expand opportunities for engagement by participants at the National South Asian Summit 2017! This year, SAALT will host a poster session, an opportunity to showcase projects and work supporting and facilitating leadership development within the community. Posters will highlight work that is currently being done in the community, has been done in the past two years, or work that has started and will be completed by April 2017. SAALT will particularly focus on programming by and for students, young advocates, and young professionals.

2017 ChangeMakers Awards Reception

The ChangeMakers Awards recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have significantly advanced social justice among South Asians in the U.S.

Please indicate an individual, program, or organization you wish to nominate for a ChangeMakers Award and provide detailed information about how your nominee has contributed to advancing social justice among South Asians in the U.S. or the broader immigrant community in the U.S. Nominations are open through February 24, 2017, and selected nominees will be notified the week of March 6, 2017. Self-nominations are welcome.

Awardees will be honored at the ChangeMakers Award Reception the evening of April 21, 2017 as part of the National South Asian Summit 2017. Awardee travel and one night accommodation will be covered by SAALT. Please submit all nominations as a single PDF document to summit@saalt.org by February 24, 2017.

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