8th March 2018
T&T to host National African American Studies Conference in 2018
Trinidad & Tobago has been chosen as the host destination for the 2018 National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) International Conference.
Established in 1992, the NAAAS is the only multicultural research organization in the United States whose board and general membership represent the four largest minority groups in the United States. The goal of the NAAAS is to serve as a resource for scholars in the field who desire information and support for research related to the African and African American, Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a), Native American and Asian experiences.
The annual NAAAS conference, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018, provides opportunities for scholars, students, and guests to engage in intellectual dialogue on a broad range of topics such as immigration issues, social sciences, HIV/AIDS, fine arts, business, political sciences, health sciences, history, education, medicine and law.
In preparation for the 2018 Conference, Nyla Kalliecharan from the Tourism Development Company’s Convention Bureau and Sonia Gadd from the Division of Tourism & Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly, attended the 2017 NAAAS Conference in Dallas, Texas from February 14th-19th to meet with the NAAAS Board Members and promote Trinidad and Tobago as the next host destination for the NAAAS Conference.
“Many of the delegates who visited Trinidad and Tobago’s Information Desk indicated that attending the 2018 conference will be their first time to Trinidad & Tobago and for some, to the Caribbean. This is an excellent opportunity for us to show the world that we are not only the Meetings & Conferences Capital of the Southern Caribbean but we are also a multi-cultural destination that has something for everyone to do 365 days of the year,” Kalliecharan said.
The T&T team also encouraged the NAAAS participants to download the Trinidad and Tobago travel guide app GoTrinBago and promoted the islands’ Lime365 Campaign that highlights and promotes the destination’s active annual event calendar.
A small team of NAAAS officials are expected to visit Trinidad & Tobago within the next few months to begin making preparations for the 2018 conference. In addition to meeting with the Convention Bureau and other stakeholders, NAAAS will also hold meetings with educational institutions such as The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and the University of Trinidad & Tobago to discuss possible academic collaboration.