September 27, 2021 by 2019-2020 Equity & Diversity Task Force, 2019-2020 Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force, 2020-2021 Council of Global Representatives, 2020-2021 Learning & Teaching Culture Advisory Group, 2021-2022 Professional Development Advisory Group

Happy fifth week of Membership Month, everyone! We’re in the final stretch! This week we’re looking at how to build community! We’ve spent the last few weeks on resources and giving you tools but this week is all about showcasing your school’s community-building efforts and chapter events! We also have information on National and Regional Events below!!!

We have a chapter takeover every day this week! 

Monday 9/27 – Universidad de Monterrey

Tuesday 9/28 – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Wednesday 9/29 – Temple University

Thursday 9/30 – University of Kansas

Friday 10/1 – Georgia Institute of Technology

They will be sharing on the @aiasorg Instagram story about their back-to-school and membership events! Make sure to stay tuned! Your school can also participate by posting about community building and events and tagging your regional account, (@aiasnortheast, @aiasmidwest, @aiaswest, @aiassouth, @aiaslatinamerica, @aiasmiddleeast), to be shown on your Quad or Region Stories!


When it comes to events, you can also check out any upcoming events we have on the Events tab of the website HERE. From Conferences to Town Halls- we have it all!

You can also upload your own chapter events to this page with the “Submit Your Chapter Event” form HERE. This is especially great for any virtual content, but also great to interact with other chapter’s in your region!

Remember, Freedom By Design can also have events, so make sure your chapter shares those as well!


On Monday 9/27 a survey was sent out to all members and last year’s members to ask about AIAS National Events for 2022. We need to know whether in-person/hybrid options are feasible- both financially and comfort-wise! While we all want to see each other again, we have to take into account the cost of hosting a conference and seriously take interest into account! 

PLEASE fill out the survey by this Friday, October 1st and be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

FORUM 2021

FORUM | CONVERGE registration is now open!! We are thrilled to announce that this year’s conference will be hosted virtually from Denver, CO from January 6th – January 8th, 2022. This will feature three tracks: Community Health, Sustainability, and Dissent & Activism. We are so excited for this conference and have been working hard to bring it to you. Check out all the info on the event page HERE.

“​​Even within the AIAS, the challenges of the last year have often seemed to separate and distance us from one another. In order to make change and rebuild something better than we had before, in order to evolve, we must come together. The city of Denver – the Mile High City – is the perfect metaphor. Here, natural and manmade summits, seemingly disparate and even opposed, come together to create an extraordinary place. This is your call to action. This is where our ideas, our demands, our members and our movements converge.”



Early Bird Member (Individual): $50

Early Bird Non-Member: $90


Regular Member (Individual): $70

Regular Non-Member: $110


Any Questions? Ideas? Email and Vice President Shannon DeFranza can help you! This year’s theme is EVOLVE. During #AIASmem21, the national office will be focusing on how we can evolve to be better versions of ourselves. Do you have ideas on how to better serve our members? Share at the Town Hall NEXT WEEK on October 6th, 8 pm ET!

Watch out for Visible Value Wednesday this week as VP DeFranza breaks it all down! Next week (our last week!) will showcase Goal Setting with chapter and national goals!


And as always be sure to share photos from your chapter on social media and tag @aiasorg and your Quad or Region account. The membership month hashtags are: