The IAAB Summit
The 2014 IAAB Summit will be held October 17-19 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAAB Summit is open to all undergraduate students. The Summit is the only gathering of its kind in the United States, bringing together students to simultaneously discuss the state of the community and develop tools as community leaders capable of shaping and moving the community forward.
The IAAB Summit began in 2008 as an annual weekend leadership program dedicated to enriching Iranian American university student leaders. The Summit is a space for participants to strengthen their leadership skills through workshops and discussions led by industry experts and professionals from various fields. Speakers offer insight into the current state of the community and workshops provide a space for developing skills to address relevant issues and topics.
Through the Summit, student participants become a part of a national alliance of Iranian student organizations. The Summit creates an inclusive network, known as I-CAN, through which student leaders build a deeper sense of community and understanding of leadership as practice. Throughout the year, members continue to foster relationships, develop new forms of collaboration as student leaders, and organize joint local, regional, and national programs.
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Initiated by student leaders from across the country in 2003, IAAB has worked extensively to engage and empower young Iranian-American leaders since its inception. Over the past ten years, IAAB has worked closely with thousands of student leaders and groups in order to build a stronger network of students who actively work towards advancing the Iranian diaspora community in a critical manner.
IAAB recognizes the enormous power young people have in shaping their communities. In this light, IAAB began organizing the Summit as a space for students to engage in real conversations and to build tools as agents of change. Now, five years later and with a network of over one thousand students, IAAB has expanded the Summit to include space for the many young professionals taking part in IAAB programs for more than a decade.
Prior Student Summits
Past Summits have been held at Wellesley College, George Washington University, and the University of California Washington Center.
In the past, workshops and panels covered a wide range of topics including leadership development, effective communication skills, coalition building, exploration of identities, and community organizing.
Past speakers include: Niaz Kasravi (NAACP); Laura Pena (National Hispanic Outreach Director for the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign); Thenjiwe McHarris (Amnesty International); Banafsheh Akhlaghi (Pars Equality Center); Mahdis Keshavarz (Make Agency); Sousan Abadian (MIT); Behrad Mahdi (Censeo Consulting); among others.
As a non-political and non-religious conference, the Summit is open to all races and all creeds.
- Iranian Student Cultural Organization, UC Davis
- Harvard Persian Society, Harvard University
- Persian Students Association, MIT
- Wellesley Persian Students’ Association, Wellesley College
- Iranian Student Alliance in America, UC Berkeley
- Iranian Students' Cultural Organization, UC Berkeley
- Persian Students Cultural Club, Boston University
- Iranian Students Association, Georgia Tech
- Harvard Iranian Students Association, Harvard University
- Persian Association, North Dakota State University
- Persian Cultural Society, New York University
- Iranian Students Foundation, University of Maryland, College Park
- Iranian Cultural Society, George Washington University
- Persian Club, George Mason University
- American University
- University of Iowa
- University of Texas, Austin
- Stanford University
- University of California, Davis
- James Madison University
- New School
- Thomas Jefferson University
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Connecticut
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of Illinois
- College of William and Mary
- University of Pennsylvania
- Ursinus College
- Emory University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Rhode Island School of Design