Location – 2015 National Conference

LOCATION

All conference workshops will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Student Center East (SCE) building.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East Building
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-5040

The University of Illinois at Chicago boasts one of the Midwest’s largest AAPI student populations and is the only federally-recognized Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in the Midwest.

DIRECTIONS

UIC is served by the CTA (the “El”) Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) connecting the campus with downtown, O’Hare International Airport, northwest and west side neighborhoods of Chicago, and the western suburbs of Oak Park, Forest Park, and Cicero.

HOUSING

Hotels
A block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza in the fanciful neighborhood of Greektown, just 5 blocks from the conference site.
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown

733 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60661

Reservations must be made by July 6 to secure the special rate of $139/night.
Book online or call 1-800-593-5447 and mention the reservation code “QAI.”

Community Housing
Free community housing is available. To inquire, complete this form http://bit.do/NQAPIAhousing2015  or email coordinator@nqapia.org.

Registration – NQAPIA 2015 National Conference

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Join LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders from across the country for 3 days of honing skills, building relationships, and celebrating our achievements. Whether you are seasoned leaders or just coming out, there’s no better way to gain new perspectives that will support you to be all of who you are in your families, workplace, company, place of worship, and community.

Scholarships and limited income rates are available. Email coordinator@nqapia.org to inquire.

Register for NQAPIA’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago here!

Full Conference Registration Fee – $225

Includes

  • Conference materials
  • Welcome Reception (Thursday night)
  • Breakfast (Friday)
  • Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner (Friday night off-site)
  • Breakfast (Saturday)
  • Brunch (Sunday)

TICKET TYPE

PRICE 

Regular Registration

$225

Early-Bird Discount (before July 6 extended to July 10)

$200

NQAPIA Member Groups (until July 23)

$200

Late Registration (after July 30 and at the door)

$250

One-Day ONLY

$85

Community Catalyst Awards Dinner ONLY

$50

 

REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS

At NQAPIA, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participating. Partial and full registration scholarships for those with limited incomes are available.

Priority will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups, including people of transgender experience, young people, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, refugees, immigrants, women, people from the South, Desert, Mountain, and Plain states, as well as invited workshop presenters.

Notifications will occur on a rolling basis beginning July 1.

ACCESSIBILITY

We strive to keep the conference and all activities as accessible as possible for all in our community. Tell us whatever special needs you require, and we will do our best to accommodate them, including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation vans for those with limited mobility
  • ASL interpretation
  • Large-print materials for those with limited sight
  • Simultaneous translation
  • All venues are wheelchair accessible.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, soy-free, Halal, etc. Please designate your dietary restrictions when you register.

CHILDCARE

Free childcare is available during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VOLUNTEER

In order to have a successful national conference, NQAPIA needs volunteers like you! Volunteers are crucial to the operation of this conference, and your help will promote and enhance NQAPIA’s collective work. To apply, complete this form: http://bit.do/NQAPIAvolunteers2015.

CAN’T ATTEND?

If you cannot come, would you kindly make a donation, so someone else can?

Schedule – 2015 National Conference

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UPDATED CONFERENCE GRID – NO MORE CHANGES

We apologize for the many discrepancies between your conference booklet and conference grid. To help correct the mistakes, we have an Agenda Bender, and the images below contain an updated, final version of the conference grid.

Download a PDF version of the conference grid.

There are four pages to the conference grid. Click to enlarge.

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Agenda Benders

Find a copy of the Agenda Bender (.docx).

THURSDAY, August 6

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Pre-Conference Strategy Meetings
Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN)
Parents of LGBT AAPIs
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Network for Religion and Justice (NRJ)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, August 7

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Opening Breakfast Plenary – Trans Justice
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session 1: Workshops and Caucuses
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 2: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 3: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 4: Caucuses
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Community Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner Dance (off-site at Cai Restaurant in Chinatown, 2100 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616)

SATURDAY, August 8

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast Plenary – International Solidarity
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –Session 5: Workshops and Caucuses
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 6: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 7: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 8: Caucuses
6:00 p.m. – Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Arts and Cultural Community Performance (off-site – location to be announced)

SUNDAY, August 9

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Session 9: Workshops and Caucuses
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Brunch Plenary (NQAPIA Annual Meeting)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Session 10: Regional Caucuses
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Closing Plenary: Report Backs, Next Steps, Evaluation, Thank Yous

Exhibitors all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning

Travel and Housing Assistance – 2015 National Conference

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We know that it can be hard for some people to get the conference, and NQAPIA wants to be as supportive as possible.

REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS

At NQAPIA, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participating. Partial and full registration scholarships for those with limited incomes are available.

Priority will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups, including people of transgender experience, young people, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, refugees, immigrants, women, people from the South, Desert, Mountain, and Plain states, as well as invited workshop presenters.

Notifications will occur on a rolling basis beginning July 1.

TRAVEL SUPPORT

At this time, NQAPIA has extremely limited funds to provide support to cover flights to Chicago. This funding is reserved for the most underrepresented groups in the most under-resourced communities. Our priorities are leaders of transgender experience, Pacific Islanders, Southeast Asians, South Asians, immigrants, and refugees. We are still fundraising until the conference. If all goes well, we hope to offer a bit more, but for now, we are unsure about any additional support.

Email coordinator@nqapia.org to inquire.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Free community housing is available. To inquire, complete this form http://bit.do/NQAPIAhousing2015 or email coordinator@nqapia.org.

NQAPIA MEMBER GROUPS ONLY

With the generous support of foundations to support the capacity building of LGBT AAPI groups, NQAPIA is able to provide one hotel room at the Crowne Plaza for three nights for each of the LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations across the country. Each room can accommodate up to 4 persons. Contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or call 917-439-3158 for more information.

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT

To help you get to the conference, NQAPIA can serve as a fiscal sponsor for any groups seeking a tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] non-profit organization to accept foundation grants or tax-deductible donations. Funds can be earmarked for a specific organization, city, or constituency. To learn more, contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or call 917-439-3158.

DONATIONS

If you are able, would you kindly make a donation to support others to attend the conference?

About the Conference

About

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. NQAPIA builds the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develops leadership, invigorates local organizing, and challenges homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and racism.

NQAPIA coordinates national conferences only once every three years. Prior conferences were held in Washington, DC in 2012 with 350 attendees and Seattle, WA in 2009 with 250 attendees.

Over 350 people attended the National Conference in Chicago from August 6th – 9th, 2015.

GOALS

The conference goals are to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community. We are committed to inclusion in every phase of conference planning, outreach, execution, and evaluation. Overall, we hope to press a progressive agenda that will bring all LGBT racial and ethnic minority groups into the full-fold of their families, society, the LGBT movement, and the AAPI community.

Activities

A public Request for Proposals (RFP) allowed our community to build the conference programming, including workshops, panel discussions, presentations, open forums, caucuses, daylong strategy meetings, and performance art.

  • Conference-Wide Plenaries will address Racial Justice, Trans Justice, and International Solidarity.
  • Workshops will cover a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, professional development, skills, arts and culture, health and wellness, fundraising, and more.
  • Caucuses will provide opportunities to network based on region, topic, or identity (e.g., women, transgender, students/youth, bisexuals, South Asians, polyamorous).
  • Social and cultural activities will allow us to recharge ourselves, connect with each other, and recognize our cultures.
  • A General Membership Meeting at the conference end will be a strategic opportunity to discuss next steps, give feedback, and evaluate the conference.
  • National Community Catalyst Awards Banquet will honor those who have improved the lives of the LGBT AAPI community. This event is for all ages, and a 10-course dinner and dancing will follow.

OTHER WEEKEND EVENTS

Northalstead Market Days
Two-day festival in Boystown with live musical acts by renowned artists and street vendors
Saturday & Sunday
August 8 – 9, 2015

Lavender Law
The LGBT Bar Association’s annual Convention, Career Fair, and LGBT Expo at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile
Wednesday – Saturday
August 5 – 8, 2015

2015 National Conference

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Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity, & Movement

A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

Over 350 LGBT AAPIs and allies from across the nation came together in Chicago for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) 2015 National Conference. The Conference was locally hosted by Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago.

MEMORIES

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HIGHLIGHTS

100 Workshops and Nationally-Renowned Speakers
Cultural Performances
National Community Catalyst Awards Banquet
South Asian Pre-Conference Institute
Women’s Workshop Track
National Strategy Meeting
Parents Convening
Youth Gathering

SAVE THE DATE

August 6th – 9th, 2015

CITY

Chicago, IL

CONTACT

Conference Coordinator
Ryan Viloria: coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org

SPONSORS

Anonymous
Alphawood Foundation
Arcus Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Ford Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund

MORE CONFERENCE DETAILS

About the Conference
Location
Registration
Workshops & Tracks
General Schedule Overview
Travel & Housing Assistance
Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibiting & Advertising

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