Detailed Schedule

Conference sessions and activities will take place at the Henry hotel unless otherwise noted in the session description. Session details can be found in each session description by clicking the plus sign next to the title. To see MOVE 2017 highlights, click here. 

Thursday, November 7

Pre-Conference Workshops and Activities

Welcome Reception

Please join us for our Thursday night welcome reception at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) with Yemeni themed beverages and heavy appetizers, music and dancing, and networking.

Friday, November 8

Opening Plenary – 8:45am to 10:45am

The Future Now is Female

Despite centuries of barriers and setbacks, women in all fields have tenaciously worked their way to the frontlines of some of our nation’s most notable and defining social movements, leading us closer to a more equitable and inclusive world. In this panel, you will hear motivational stories of relentless action, perseverance, and inspiring achievements, all from the strong women who have trailblazed their way through their respective industries and are shattering both stereotypes and glass ceilings.

Session tags: art, activism, philanthropy, capacity building, research, empowering women, civic engagement, immigrant and refugee support, identity, narrative and storytelling

Breakout Session 1 – 11:00am to 12:15pm

Women Empowering Women: A Support Space for the Leading Women of the Nonprofit World

It is no secret that women are underrepresented in executive and leadership positions, especially in the nonprofit sector. When women (finally) find themselves in positions of leadership, they often also find increased scrutiny and disrespect from male counterparts and board members, and feelings of being undervalued and ignored. Before we talk about solutions, we first need to talk. This session offers an open, safe space for women to have honest, even vulnerable, discussions about their experiences as nonprofit leaders and how to fight back against normalized workplace misogyny.

Session tags: capacity building, empowering women, identity, human services

Detroit: Working Towards Equitable Revival

There’s a wealth of knowledge to be learned from people who have worked tirelessly to advocate for Detroiters during the economic downturn and subsequent upturn. This session will touch on the inspiring stories of those working to ensure that Detroit’s revival does not come at the cost of displacing the generations that have paved the way and built the city of Detroit. Join us in hearing from those who are working towards equitable and sustainable solutions in Detroit.

Session tags: art, activism, philanthropy, civic engagement, narrative and storytelling, economic empowerment

Time, Talent, and Treasure: Elevating Your Voice Through Giving

If it hasn’t been made clear by now, your voice, your presence and your contributions are a necessary part of our future. No matter the method, size, or frequency of your giving, your generosity has the potential to make a positive impact on our world. Hear from a panel of inspirational Arab Americans as they share stories of supporting causes they care about, utilizing unique giving methods, and leveraging community support to elevate Arab American voices and make a greater impact.

Session tags: philanthropy, empowering youth, empowering women, narrative and storytelling

Friday Lunch Plenary – 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Our Next MOVE: Your Voice, Our Future

Award-winning author, journalist, professor, tireless activist and organizer, and host of BET Network’s highly popular series “Black Coffee,” Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s life’s work embodies the very theme of this summit, Your Voice, Our Future. In this highly anticipated keynote address, Dr. Hill will address the importance of collective power and the many ways in which we can galvanize ourselves and our communities to build a future we want to live in and we can be proud of.

Session tags: activist, philanthropy, research, civic engagement, immigrant and refugee support, identity

Breakout Session 2 – 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Refugees in the United States: A Community Approach to Supporting New Americans

The systems that are currently in place to support refugees and asylum seekers are nowhere near ideal. In fact, seeking refuge in the U.S. comes with insurmountable barriers and difficulties. However, we cannot allow this harsh reality to deter our efforts. There are many ways for us to effectively support families as they settle into life in the U.S. This session will cover the current state of refugees in our country and discuss several community-based approaches to supporting and welcoming new Americans as they begin to build promising futures for themselves and their children.

Session tags: activism, philanthropy, immigrant and refugee support, human services

Palestine in the U.S.: This Generation’s Anti-Apartheid Movement

The current state of affairs for Palestinian advocacy in the U.S. is a gamble; many organizers and students advocating for Palestinian rights are faced with suppression and backlash. This session discusses our right to support justice in Palestine by using and protecting our voices in the process, while also highlighting and learning from the movements before us, and the dynamic solidarity from the Movement for Black Lives.

Session tags: activism, empowering youth, identity

Creative Exchange: Artist & Presenter Share-Out

Calling all Arab American artists and arts presenting organizations! Present your work and build with fellow creatives at our artist roundtable where we will discuss and exchange our ideas, works-in-progress, anticipated tours, and presenting plans, all in the hopes of inspiring one another and building a community of support. Each presenter will have up to 5 minutes to share. Sign up is required.

Sign up link coming soon.

Session tags: art, philanthropy, narrative and storytelling

Breakout Session 3 – 3:45pm to 5:00pm

The State of Hate: Confronting White Supremacy

Dismantling white supremacy is no easy feat, but this session will equip you with the heart, the grit and the tools necessary for effectively combating issues of hate in our schools and our communities.

Session tags: activism, empowering youth, civic engagement, immigrant and refugee support, identity

Counting the Community: Arab Americans and the U.S. Census

An accurate count of our community in the U.S. census results in necessary programming, funding and representation for the unique and critical needs of our community, but what happens when we aren’t even listed as an option to be counted? Join this panel of experts who will give us a historical overview of the census and the fight for a Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) category. From a data and research standpoint, attendees will learn what this means for the community and where we can go from here.

Session tags: activism, capacity building, research, civic engagement

Let’s Catch Up: Update on Health & Education Policies Affecting Our Communities

For the past 48 years, we at ACCESS have been dedicated to advancing the work and resources available on healthcare and education in our communities. Hear the latest updates on these two major national policy priorities, and hear from our panel of experts as they discuss the importance of this critical work and how you can support these initiatives on the ground.

Session tags: activism, capacity building, human services

From Small Business to Big Impact

The front doors of a small or large business could very well be the same doors that open up to long lasting social change for our communities. In this session you will hear from a wide-range of entrepreneurs that are following their dreams and creating opportunities for their communities in return. They will share tools and resources to empower us to bring our business ideas to life while shifting perceptions, building community and effectively impacting social change. Following the panel, the audience may sign up for an opportunity to meet for 30 minutes with one entrepreneur.

Session tags: art, activism, philanthropy, empowering youth, economic empowerment

Signature Event

Friday Night Signature Event

Our Friday night signature event features a reception – including a strolling dinner and beverages – and an original storytelling theater performance called Undesirable Elements/Dearborn at the iconic Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Saturday, November 9

Breakout Session 4 – 9:00am to 10:15am

Undesirable Elements/Dearborn Talkback

Following Friday evening’s performance, the Arab American National Museum and Ping Chong + Company will host a discussion with the performers of Undesirable Elements/Dearborn. The talkback will focus on the power of uplifting individual voices to tell a larger narrative, internal Arab American community criticism, the process of creating the show, and performer experience and impact.

Session tags: art, identity, empowering women, narrative and storytelling

For Us, By Us: Reclaiming the Narrative and Changing Perceptions

When it comes to our narrative, we should be the leading voices behind the stories crafted for, and about, our communities. What are the creative ways for us to share our stories broadly and change the negative perceptions we face? How should we engage with media to get our true and authentic stories out?  Learn the innovative and unique ways that Arab Americans—and especially the next generation of Arab American storytellers—are documenting their histories and taking control of their stories.

Session tags: activism, empowering youth, identity, narrative and storytelling

The Greatest Impact for the Greatest Good: Philanthropic Tools and Strategies

There are so many creative ways to give back and make an impact. Hear from innovative and impactful organizations and philanthropists who are making the most out of their giving. This panel will highlight unique approaches and tools such as giving circles, donor-advised and impact area funds and other non-traditional forms of philanthropy.

Session tags: art, philanthropy, capacity building

Building a Pro-immigrant Wave in an Anti-immigrant Era

You can march, you can write, you can mass text or even sign a petition. You have the power to be an ally and activist. This session will share tactics for confronting oppressive systems and empowering all of us to fight back on issues negatively impacting immigrants and refugees. During this panel, speakers will broaden and boost community engagement by providing accessible advocacy skills that are easy to implement and yield greater results.

Session tags: activism, immigrant and refugee support

Breakout Session 5 – 10:45am to 12:00pm

Impacting Abroad: A Guide to Giving Overseas

What are the best approaches for supporting humanitarian relief, especially internationally? Is it better to support immediate or long-term relief? How can you ensure your donations are effective and impactful, particularly as it relates to giving in the Middle East? This session will address these questions and more to ensure attendees are making the greatest possible impact when giving overseas.

Session tags: philanthropy, immigrant and refugee support

Arab American Identity & Racism: A Difficult Look Into Our Relationship with Race

This facilitated discussion dives deep into issues of identity and race related to Arab Americans. Participants will explore both inter and intra manifestations of racism and colorism, focusing on the complex history of racism in the Arab American community, the layers of identity that Arab Americans hold, and how the community overall can be more inclusive, equitable and receptive to listening to and confronting these difficult truths.

Session tags: activism, empowering youth, identity, narrative and storytelling

Leadership Through Board Service: How to Get Involved

When it comes to the make-up of boards, commissions and coalitions, Arab Americans are greatly underrepresented, yet serving on a board or coalition is one of the easiest ways to network, get to know your community, and make a significant impact. This session will break down the responsibilities of board service, the barriers and challenges that may come up, and where to begin when it comes to getting involved with a board or commission.

“Your War Drum Ain’t Louder Than This Breath”: Art as Resistance

Grab your pens and brushes and clear your voices; it’s time to join the resistance.
From energetic political hip hop to rousing graphic novels and poetry, this session will emphasize art’s relationship to resistance and explore the ways that art is utilized in organizing spaces, such as performances at demonstrations, murals on mock walls and cultural boycott tactics that incorporate visual art and performance.

Title inspired by Suheir Ahmad’s “What I Will”

Session tags: art, activism, narrative and storytelling

Saturday Lunch Plenary – 12:00 to 2:15pm

Yes, You Can Too: An Interactive Discussion on MOVE-ing Toward Change

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this work for years or if today is the first day you decide to take action. You, yes, YOU, have a role to play in our future. Join us as we discuss the ways in which we can reach across all disciplines to challenge the barriers facing our communities. You will leave this session motivated and equipped with the tools you need to lead and inspire transformational change.

Session tags: art, activism, philanthropy, capacity building, research, empowering women, civic engagement, immigrant and refugee support, identity, narrative and storytelling

Breakout Session 6 – 2:30pm to 3:45pm

The Case for Support: Effective Fundraising Through Storytelling

When your organization is on the ground working with clients on the day-to-day, you get to witness first-hand how incredible the impact of giving can be. But how do you translate those stories and impact in a way that compels donors to continue to support your work? In this session, you will hear directly from funders on what compels them to give, and how grassroots organizations can better tell their stories to make a strong case for support.

Session tags: art, activism, philanthropy, capacity building, narrative and storytelling

Show Us What Democracy Looks Like: Arab Americans Getting Civically Engaged

The 2020 election is right around the corner. What are you doing to get civically engaged?
This session will explore the ways in which Arab and Muslim Americans can get involved and make an impact in the upcoming election and Census. Everything from uplifting shared community goals to getting out the vote will be addressed by our panel of experts in the field.

Session tags: activism, capacity building, research, empowering youth, civic engagement, human services

Southwest Asian/North African (SWANA) Futurism Workshop

Your auntie’s sitting room 50 years in the future. All your cousins are there – the artists, engineers, city planners, gas station owners, the ones whose jobs we don’t have names for yet, and their kids. Conversation sways between neighborhood gossip and the politics of the interstellar federation. Tea and cookies are served. Drawing from art, literature, activism, and contributions collected during MOVE, we will facilitate an interactive space for envisioning what SWANA futurism could, might, and will be.

Session tags: activism, art, youth empowerment, narrative and storytelling

Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Mental Health Townhall

Our community is in crisis from issues related to substance use, addiction, and mental health. We must come together to move the needle for our community and find meaningful and inclusive solutions to these issues that have historically been viewed as taboo.  Staff from ACCESS’ Community Health and Research Center will share best practices and engage the community in a discussion about accessible and culturally sensitive resources that are available to better support our impacted friends and neighbors.

Session tags: activism, research, empowering youth, civic engagement, human services

A Seat at the Table: Leading Community Change Through Organizational Membership

Every organization can benefit when we join the table. This session will highlight Arab Americans leading change through their professional networks. A panel of leaders from Arab American professional organizations will share their models for supporting the professional growth of their members while giving back in communities and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Session tags: philanthropy, capacity building, human services

Bus Tours – 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Forged by Fire: Detroit’s History of Riots, Rebellions, and Uprisings

From Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763, to the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, Detroit has had a horrible history of racial uprisings, and terrible race riots. To understand Detroit’s turbulent racial history, please join Black Scroll Network Tour Leader Jamon Jordan, as he leads you through the exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum to teach about the numerous violent racial episodes in Detroit’s history.

The tour will bring you from the 1700s and on through the Detroit ’67 Perspectives Exhibit.

At 4:30pm, the bus will pick attendees up at the Henry. After the tour concludes, the bus will drop off at the Arab American National for those who want to attend the networking mixer, as well as the Henry for those who plan to head home.

The bus tour is included in the MOVE 2019 registration package, but RSVP is required and space is limited. The RSVP can be found on the registration form.

Dearborn Bus Tour

The Dearborn Bus Tour, curated by Joseph Borrajo and the Arab American National museum, will take attendees on a tour highlighting the journey and development of the tight knit Arab American community in Dearborn, and the story of the community’s momentous legacy of activism and political participation.  Our tour guide, Joseph Borrajo, has a wealth of knowledge from his upbringing and experiences growing up in an incredibly diverse Southend neighborhood. He will enlighten us on those oral histories, including the development of community, to Arab Americans getting involved in civic engagement 35 years ago.

At 4:30pm, the bus will pick attendees up at the Henry. After the tour concludes, the bus will drop off at the Arab American National for those who want to attend the networking mixer, as well as the Henry for those who plan to head home.

The bus tour is included in the MOVE 2019 registration package, but RSVP is required and space is limited. The RSVP can be found on the registration form.

Networking Mixer – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Networking Mixer at Arab American National Museum

Join us for networking time and celebrations at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in the Courtyard. Food and drinks provided.

The Arab American Book Awards and the popular Open Mic night follows in the ANNEX starting at 7:00pm. Guests may stick around in the Courtyard if desired.

Arab American Book Awards – 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Arab American Book Awards

The Arab American Book Awards is a literary program created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. The program generates greater awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing through an annual award competition and educational outreach. Winners of the 2019 Arab American Book Awards will be announced soon.

The Book Awards will take place at the Arab American National Museum, starting with the reception at 5:30pm in conjunction with the networking mixer in the Courtyard. The Book Awards program starts at 7:00pm, followed by the awardee book reading and signing. Please stick around for the popular Open Mic night taking place after the book signing.

Open-Mic Night – 8:30pm to 10:30 pm

Open-Mic Night

Join us at the Arab American National Museum for the popular Open-Mic Night taking place after the Book Awards in the ANNEX.