Amnesty International USA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members of AIUSA and activists to come together to engage in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, outstanding keynotes, hands-on skill-building workshops and caucuses as well as to shape the policies of the organization.
In addition to the critical governance functions, this AGM will aim to increase the capacity of members/activists to advance priorities in the AIUSA’s Strategic Plan. This means that the AGM will provide a space for members/activists to connect with one another and to get tools/trainings that will help them engage in the priority campaigns and advance the programs and organizational goals.
AIUSA members and staff are encouraged to submit ideas and organize sessions that will grow the movement, build capacity, inspire, and lead to positive change. Your sessions will help create a diverse and inclusive agenda for the 2018 Annual General Meeting, while helping to shape the national and global dialogue for human rights activists. Sessions submitted for consideration should move forward our work as outlined in the Amnesty International USA Strategic Plan 2016-2019.
Sessions should include participatory ways of building the skills and knowledge of AIUSA members in at least one of the following areas:
In addition to campaign priorities - protecting the rights of refugees, ending gun violence, holding police accountable for lethal force, and defending human rights defenders - our core programs may be reflected in the sessions submitted. They include:
Additional areas of work, such as LGBTQI rights and Business and Human Rights, will also be considered as space allows.
In addition to your submission reflecting one of AIUSA's campaign priorities, they should also compliment at least one of these key areas in our organizational development goals:
Sessions will be selected and approved by the 2018 AGM Program Committee in consultation with a staff committee made up of programmatic departments. All members who plan to submit a proposal should contact the appropriate staff members and member leaders who work on a region or issue area, if applicable. Staff should collaborate on their proposals if their content areas overlap before submitting.
All submissions must be received by November 22nd 5:00pm EST. There are no exceptions. Please email Lauren McGowan at [email protected] with any questions related to your submission.
Please include the contact information for the individual responsible for organizing the workshop or panel. The organizer's role is to liaise with AIUSA staff and to confirm all details of the session, including description edits and/or changes, speakers or panelists, audio and visual needs, and all other logistics. Session Organizers may or not be participating in workshops, but they are the point person for their workshop.
Workshop Organizer: Individual who submits RFP and coordinates with AIUSA staff on the logistics for their respective session.
Benefit: Comped Registration
This information is only required if you are an AIUSA staff member.
If you are submitting a proposal for a workshop or panel that includes other facilitators or panelists, please indicate if they are a facilitator, moderator, or panelist and provide a brief bio (50 words max) for each. Bios will be edited as needed. If there are more than three facilitators or panelists, please email Lauren McGowan at [email protected]
Panelist/Speaker: Subject matter expert who speaks at length during session about topic at hand.
Benefit: Comped Registration, 1 night hotel stay, domestic travel to/from AGM host city.
Facilitator/Moderator: Mediator for panel/workshop. Supports the flow of conversation by prompting discussion, does not need to be subject matter expert.
Please select the materials that you will need for your workshop, panel, or training. If approved, you will receive confirmation of materials and equipment that will be available in the room for your session.
Each session organizer of a workshop or panel is responsible for securing the commitment of the facilitator(s), moderator(s) and/or panelist/speakers(s) and coordinating communication between AIUSA and facilitator(s) or panelist/speakers(s). A session organizer may also be a facilitator, moderator, or panelist.
Each session organizer of a workshop or panel is responsible for assuring that the content of the proposal fits at least a 75-minute time frame.
Session organizers, moderators and/or facilitators of approved program sessions receive complimentary registration. They are responsible for booking and paying their own travel and lodging expenses.
Speakers for sessions will receive complimentary travel, registration and lodging expenses for one night at the AGM venue.
The organizers and panelists or facilitator(s) should promote the session through blog posts, social media, listservs, etc. in advance of AIUSA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. There’s a lot of competition in each time slot, so you have to promote yourself to get the best audience in the room.
As a session organizer, you will play a key role as an intermediary between AIUSA and your panelists or facilitator(s). AIUSA staff will do all we can to make sure you are up to date, but you will hold the primary responsibility for communicating information to your panelists or facilitator(s).
Your workshop will be reviewed and approved by our AIUSA staff committee which consists of staff withing our Campaigns, Programs, Policy, Organizing & Activism, and Training teams. It will then be further reviewed by our AGM Program Committee which consists of member representatives across our 5 regions.
Criteria for evaluating Program Sessions: