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Date: 5 Aug 1994 11:19:25 -0600
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Organization: University of Denver, Math/CS Dept.
To Catalyze The movement of the Second Generation Indian Americans into
the 21st Century with a strong sense of cultural heritage and a powerful voice
here Is some more Information about the conference.
Please Read this completly and do not miss any lines most of the questions will
be answered after reading this informative mail.
Things Listed are
Answeres to Frequently asked Questions
What accomodations are listed., etc....
National Federation of Indian American Associations Proudly Presents:
" THE SECOND GENERATION CONFERENCE"
September 2 - 5, 1994
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
THEME: "STEPPING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY: CHOICES - CHANGES - CHALLENGES"
WHAT IS IT?
This is a non-sectarian conference for all Indian Americans intended
to reflect upon our position as an ethnic group of America and decide
on the best course of action for advancement in the future.
WHAT AGE GROUP?
There will be 2 simultaneous conferences - one for the first generation
and one for the second. The second generation includes IAs from 17 till
30 years of age. It is called secong generation because most of the youths are
second generation but if you fall in the mentioned age group you are welcome to
join us no matter what generation you belong to. Yes People who are 16yrs and
31 years old who are interested in the youth forum can attend this conference.
NO Further Exceptions will be made.
WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED?
The topics will be discussed through a variety of means:
keynote speech, workshops, debates, group discussions, talk shows.
SPECIAL SESSION: CAREER & NETWORKING SESSION
This special session serves to:
1) provide info about any career
2) Meet people and find out about opportunities in different careers
The session will be split up five ways:
1) Medicine / Health Sciences
2) Engineering / Technical Fields
3) Law / Politics
4) Business / Related Fields
5) Other Fields
MORE ABOUT THE TOPICS.
CAREER & NETWORKING SESSION
Are You a student and confused about what you want to do? Or are you working
but you think that your present job is not for you? Or do you want to find out
what kinds of career opportunities exist in your field? Wanna meet more people
in your field so your business will be more successful? Whoever you are, this
is for you!!! Information will be presented via a panel of young professionals
and students in each field. Also since the session will be split up based on
the career paths, it will be a great opportunity to meet the people in your
path and see what's going on!!
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
As second generation immigrants, we have to preserve all the rights and
privileges established for us, and expand into new horizons. One thing
remains clear: only united as Indian Americans can we make any advances. While
we must respect our individual cultures and our identities it the process, our
common goal must never be forgotten.
While usually this topic is discussed via a panel or a debate between the first
and the second generations, here it will be solely for the second generation to
discuss where they stand on the issue. Many times the older generation
believes that the more Indian culture preserved, the better. Is that
necessarily true? Indian American Young Adults are in a good position to
analyze the issue objectively. So the end goal of the discussion will be to
arrive at the consensus as to which aspects of Indian culture should be
maintained. Priya Agrawal, expert in this field, will moderate the session.
(This session will be combined with the adult conference). Women of indian
origin have come a long way over the past century. They are making their
presence strongly felt wherever they go all over the world. america is no
exception. their simultaneous involvement in family, work place and community
is no small task. 'Women's Forum' will celebrate the enormous advancements and
look into the bright future for Indian American women.
STEREOTYPING: PERCEPTION OF INDIAN-AMERICANS IN THE MASS MEDIA
As our numbers grow in this country and as we are recognized as a distinct
ethnic minority group, certain labels and stereotypes unfortunately get
attached to us. Mass media is usually the cause of this - movies, magazine and
newspaper articles, and television. Movies such as Indiana Jones and the
Temple of the Doom leave impressions of Indians as monkey-brain-eating-brutes
(just to name an example). Do images like these cause negative stereotypes?
If so, how do we attack the problem? This lively discussion will attempt to
answer the difficult question.
INDIAN ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS
Indian art dates back centruies and has been expressed in numerous forms. Dance
music, literature, sculpture, and painting have been the most popular forms of
artwork. To this day, art plays a very improtatnt role in many Indian families,
regardless of their geographic location. In America, traditional dances and
musical styles have been maintained through various schools. Literature in the
Indian American community is budding rapidly; & other art forms are slowly takin
shape as well. 'Indian Artistic Expressions' aims to display these various art
forms that have made their way across the seas, and to elicit their meaning.
Asian Americans are being discriminated in many ways:
- Many Ivy League schools have specific quotas for Asian Americans.
- Standardized tests are being weighted more than GPA, in order to target this
- Disciplinary action against AAs has been reported as being more severe compar
ed to other ethnic groups.
- Even though the scholarship rate is high in community, faculty numbers do not
show this, mainly due to lack of support from other faculty members (usually
in non-technical fields). This session will discuss ways in which to tackle
ROY MATHEWS, Ast. Dean of Student Affairs at University of Illinois at Chicago
will moderate the session.
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: GETTING INVOLVED
While the Indian American community has been vastly successful economically, it
has not yet stepped into the political arena with a strong foot. Establishing
this is critical; only then can Indian Americans be assured of their goals.
Only then can we halp shape the ploitical landscape in next century that will
influence our people in American and India. This session aims to understand the
ways of getting involved.
Workshop Leaders: Ram Uppuluri - Candidate for U.S. Congress
Peter Mathews - Candidate for U.S. Congress
Neil Dhillon - Candidate for U.S. Congress
Raj Ambegaoker - Alderman, City of Darien
AGENDA FOR ACTION
This will be the last session, and it will involve various active groups in the
community. Each of the groups will get a chance to publicize their activities,
so they can attract any interested helpers. Also, it is great opportunity for
all attendees to see what is happening around them, and get involved before they leave for home.
SECOND GENERATION CONFERENCE AGENDA:
Friday, September 2
Registration, Refreshments, Social -- Dance!!
Saturday, September 3
Group Discussions: Unity in Diversity
Indian Artistic Expressions
Keynote Speech: Successful Entrepreneurship
Cultural Show: Various acts for all ages will entertain everyone at night!!
Sunday, September 4
Career & Networking Session: 1) Business
2) Engineering/ Technical Fields
3) Law/ Politics
4) Medicine/ Health Sciences
5) Other Fields
Group Discussions: Shattering the Glass Ceiling
Agenda for Action
Banquet & Awards Night: Dine with all the special guests invited!!
Celebrate as outstanding members of the community
Monday, September 5
Breakfast, farewell speaker, and departures.
REGISTRATION FORM ( YOUTH: 17 - 10 ONLY )
"Stepping into the 21st Century: Choices - Changes - Challenges"
Young Professionals: $125 (with accomodations for 3 nights at Hyatt!!!)
$75 (without Hyatt accomodations)
Students: $100 (with accomodations for 3 nights at Hyatt!!!)
$50 (without Hyatt accomodations)
Registration Deadline: August 14th.
Late Registration Deadline: August 21st. Late Registration fee: $15/head
Prices include: Dance, Culture Show, Banquet, All meals (except dinner on Sat.)
In order to receive student discount, you MUST MAIL IN COPIES OF ID AND SPRING
If staying at Hyatt, please mention desired roommate(s). 4 people will be house
d in each room.
SIGNATURE__________________________PARENTS SIGNATURE (IF 17)___________________
TOTAL PRICE PAID__________ *Make checks payable to NFIA.
Send to: Dhrumal Bhatt *NFIA is not responsible for any
805 Bernard Dr. losses, damages, sicknesses, or
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 injuries at the conference.
please contact : Jagat Shah