WHAT IS AIPDC CONFERENCE?
Rebuilding Together: The Power of Community!
The United States has a growing talent gap due to an aging boomer population retiring and leaving the workforce. This makes it critical to strengthen the capabilities of populations such as immigrants, to contribute to economic vitality. Research shows that in comparison to other immigrant groups, African immigrants have been identified as having a higher number of bachelors' degrees or higher level of education completed in their countries of origin. Still, African immigrants often face the challenge of obtaining employment in areas that use their skill sets, and they start in the United States as underemployed.
The African Immigrant Professional Development Conference (AIPDC) was established in 2018 based on the dissertation findings of Dr. S Miata Getaweh. AIPDC Conference was created to provide African immigrant professionals and students with skills and resources to attain professional success. AIPDC believes that through this gathering, African immigrants can exchange ideas, experiences, and learn from others who have successfully navigated the American labor market. It will also assist in the development and enhancement of meaningful networking relationships to help build participants’ social capital.
There is an African proverb that states, “ if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Over the past year, our community has confronted a multitude of challenges including the Covid-19 Pandemic, healthcare disparities, social injustices, loss of jobs, and lack of in-person social connections. As we begin the rebuilding process, it is imperative that we utilize the power of community to rebuild together, and go further.
The 4th Annual AIPDC will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, as a Virtual Conference! The theme for this year's conference is "Rebuilding Together: The Power of Community." At this year’s conference, panelists will focus on how we can harness the power of community to attain personal and career development success.