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 – 9:00am to 10:45am

Kick Off all Women’s Plenary Panel

Women have always been leaders in social movements despite the countless barriers they have faced. In this opening panel, talented and tenacious women representing the arts, advocacy, and philanthropy will share their stories and strategies for breaking through the glass ceiling, inspiring us to build a better society for Arab Americans and all marginalized people.

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

Women Leading Non-profits: Overcoming Bias and Barriers

In the nonprofit workforce, women are underrepresented in executive and leadership positions. When they are (finally) in these positions, women report feeling ignored and undervalued, facing increased scrutiny, and experiencing judgment from male counterparts or board members. 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.

Lessons from Detroit: History and Working Towards Equitable Revival

There’s a wealth of knowledge to be learned from people who 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 built the city. Join us in hearing equitable and sustainable solutions through the work of artists, activists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs from Detroit.

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

We can all make an impact with our generosity, no matter the size of our gift.  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.

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

Keynote Address: Your Voice, Our Future

During this highly anticipated keynote address, Marc Lamont Hilla policy advocate, professor, journalist, and tireless activistwill address how we can raise our voices, work together to address issues impacting marginalized groups, and energize our communities to take action in the midst of a challenging and critical time.

Breakout Session 2 – 2:15pm to 3:30pm

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

New Americans face unique challenges when it comes to building a better future for themselves and their children. Thankfully, there are many ways that we can effectively support these 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 New Americans.

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.

Creative Exchange: Artist & Presenter Share-Out

Join us for a sharing opportunity for Arab American artists and arts presenting organizations. This is a venue to exchange ideas, including works-in-progress, touring, and presenting plans to a network of like-minded Arab artists and arts programs across America. Each presenter will have up to 5 minutes to share.

Breakout Session 3 – 3:45pm to 5:00pm

The State of Hate: Confronting Systemic Issues

Join the conversation on the systemic issues our community must confront in order to see a more just and equitable society for all. In this workshop, facilitators will equip attendees with the heart, the grit, and the tools necessary for effectively combating issues of hate in our communities.

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

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.

National Policy Update: Health and Education

Join this session to hear the latest updates on ACCESS’ two major national policy priorities. Speakers will provide an overview of why access to healthcare and education are critical to uplifting the Arab American community, and give attendees tips and strategies for supporting this work on the ground.

Entrepreneurship and Social Change

This cross-sector session, led by entrepreneurs, will share tools and resources to empower the audience to bring their 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.

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.

Reclaiming the Narrative and Changing Perceptions

How can we craft our narratives as Arab Americans and share those stories broadly to change perceptions? What are creative ways to engage with media to get our 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.

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

Giving can be creative, too. 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.

Everyday Advocacy: Systemic Oppression and Individual Impact

This session will share tactics for confronting oppressive systems and empowering Arab Americans and allies to fight back on issues negatively impacting immigrants & 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.

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

Making an Impact 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.

Arab American Identity, Race, and Racism

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 layers of identity that Arab Americans hold, and how the community overall can be more inclusive, equitable and open.

Leadership Through Board Service: How to Get Involved

Serving on a board is a great way to build your network while making a significant impact, yet Arab Americans are underrepresented on boards, commissions, and coalitions across the country. This session will address the responsibilities of board service, barriers and challenges that come up, and where to begin when it comes to getting involved with a board or commission.

Art as Resistance

Art is engaging and healing. Art is provocative and revealing. Art sends a message. From political hip hop to visual art, this session will emphasize art’s relationship to resistance and explore the ways that art is utilized in organizing spaces, such as performances at demos, murals on mock walls and cultural boycott tactics that incorporate visual art and performance.

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

Saturday Lunch Plenary

Every day, Arab Americans are finding innovative ways to challenge the barriers facing their communities to reach a similar goal: a more just and equitable society for all. No matter who you are, you have a role to play in our future. This panel will touch on how we can reach across disciplines and work together to find creative solutions. The audience will leave with the tools they need to take action in building a more just and equitable society.

Breakout Session 6 – 2:30pm to 3:45pm

The Case for Support: Effective Fundraising Through Storytelling

Between foundations, corporate giving, and individual donors, the funding landscape has never been more robust or diverse – but how do you make the case for these institutions to support your work? During this session, funders will disclose what compels them to give and how grassroots organizations can better tell their stories to make a strong case for support.

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

This panel explores ways Arab and Muslim Americans can get involved strategically with the upcoming 2020 election & Census. What avenues are available to get engaged and how can we make an impact? As a community, what shared goals can we uplift? Learn how to get out the vote, get out the count, and advocate for issues you care about.

SWANA Futurism

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.

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.

Membership for Good: Leading Community Change Through Professional Organizations

Arab Americans are leading change at all levels of society, including 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.