What is WIAC?

  • Hosted by the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University, the annual Wheatley International Affairs Conference (WIAC) draws 100 students from across the United States, offering opportunities to learn from and interact with experts in international affairs in a context that facilitates networking, first-rate instruction, energetic exchanges of ideas, and collaborative work on policy issues. This year, WIAC will address a variety of issues concerning Religion and World Affairs.

Who attends WIAC?

  • WIAC is attended by undergraduate students from across the nation. Typically these students are studying various social science topics and are interested in the foreign affairs of the United States. Interested and qualified students should be sponsored by their institution and work with their institution to register for WIAC.

When can I register?

  • Priority registration opens October 1, 2015 and will continue until December 31, 2015. Late registration runs from January 1, 2016 to January 31, 2016 at midnight.

How many delegates can register from a university?

  • Each university/institution can send two delegates. We suggest having a waiting list for other students that would like to attend. If there is space still available after December 1st, universities will be allowed to register more than two students, up to six students.

How do I pay my registration fee?

What if I need to withdraw from the conference?

  • Delegates may withdraw from the conference and receive a refund on their registration fee, but there will be a service charge to withdraw. This charge is $25 before December 31st and $50 after December 31st.

Which airport should I use?

  • Salt Lake City International Airport.

What time should I schedule my arrival and departure?

  • Please be aware that it takes approximately 1 hour to drive from SLC airport to BYU and 1.5 hours from Aspen Grove to SLC airport. Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly. Do not arrive at SLC airport any later than 3:30 pm on February 23, 2015. Do not schedule your departure time any earlier than noon on February 27, 2015.

Will WIAC representatives meet at the airport? Where can I expect to see them?

  • WIAC shuttles will pick up delegates from Salt Lake City International Airport, transport them to BYU, and return them to SLC airport on the last day of the conference. Prior to the conference, detailed pickup instructions will be provided to delegates.

Are there funds available to help students with travel?

  • The Wheatley Institution does not offer grants or scholarships for travel to and from WIAC. Delegates should contact their academic advisor regarding scholarship and transportation grants that their school may provide.

What is the BYU Dress and Grooming Standard?

  • The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest, neat, and clean.

  • Men: A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

  • Women: A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles or colors. Excessive ear piercing (more than one per ear) and all other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

  • Clothing for all parts of the conference must meet the BYU Dress & Grooming Standards. Aspects of the BYU Dress and Grooming Standards that would require more permanent changes (e.g., shaving facial hair) are not taken to apply to WIAC delegates from schools other than BYU.

Should I bring different clothes for social events?

  • Most conference activities will be in business casual except for the following:
  • Event
  • Date/Time
  • Attire
  • Social Activity/Outdoor Activities
  • Thursday Evening
  • Casual
  • Keynote/Banquet & Closing Ceremonies
  • Friday Evening
  • Business Dress
  • Business Casual
    • Men: Slacks, collared shirt, blazer and tie optional
    • Women: Dress slacks or skirt with blouse, jacket optional
  • Business Dress
    • Men: Dark business suit, white or light shirt, tie optional
    • Women: Dress suit (Blazer or dress coat with dress pants or knee length skirt).
  • Casual
    • Men & Women: Jeans/slacks/khakis, and t-shirt/polo/sweater/jacket, with appropriate shoes for possible snowy weather.

What other recreational activities will be available?

  • During the conference there will be time to hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski in the surrounding area around Aspen Grove. This will be available on Thursday afternoon.
  • Delegates may wish to arrive earlier or leave later in order to participate in other activities available in Utah. For example, in the same canyon as Aspen Grove is the Ski Resort Sundance. If students desire to ski after the conference, they are then responsible to arrange and pay for their own travel to these locations and the airport. They will also need to find their own lodging at a different location as rooming at Aspen Grove will not be available before or after the conference.

Will I have access to a convenience store in case I forget anything?

  • Yes, there is one at BYU campus which will be available up until delegates travel to Aspen Grove. There is no convenience store at Aspen Grove.

Where/with whom will I be staying during the conference?

  • Delegates will room together in lodgings at Aspen Grove.

For local students: Will I be able to leave Aspen Grove during the conference for family, school, or other events?

  • It is expected that you will remain at Aspen Grove for the duration of the conference, except in cases of emergency.

How can I best prepare myself for the conference?

  • Your roundtable chair will provide a list of readings on your topic to be completed prior to the conference. You can best prepare for the conference by completing the readings and thinking about the issue at hand and possible solutions.

Will I be able to connect to the internet during the conference?

  • There will be WIFI connectivity for this year's conference.

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