Announcing Executive Director Transition
“Being the Sikh Coalition’s Executive Director has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has been a privilege, a labor of love and a life-transforming experience,” said Executive Director Sapreet Kaur. “Given the institution we have built together, I am more confident than ever that the Sikh Coalition’s greatest impact is yet to come.”
After eight excellent years as the Sikh Coalition’s Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur is stepping down on September 29, 2017 to become the Chief Fund Development Officer with the Girl Scouts of the USA Co-Founder and Board Chair Narinder Singh will serve as Interim Executive Director as the organization launches a national search for the best candidate to fill the Executive Director position. The Sikh Coalition staff, managed by the existing leadership team, will continue to lead out on our high impact advocacy, legal and education work during the transition process.
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Meet the Sikh Coalition’s New Legal Director
The Sikh Coalition is excited to introduce our new Legal Director, Amrith Kaur. Amrith will assume leadership of the Sikh Coalition’s free legal program. In addition to Amrith’s considerable legal experience, she arrives with a strong understanding of the Sikh Coalition’s work. After 9/11, she co-drafted a Senate resolution that successfully strengthened existing hate crime prosecution, and she participated in the grassroots activism that led to the formation of the organization.
Outgoing Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur, will remain with the organization in a part-time strategic legal consulting role and will also provide training, support and institutional memory to the legal program.
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Sikh Cadets Graduate West Point Basic Training
The Sikh Coalition is pleased to congratulate Cadets Arjan Singh Ghotra and Gurjiwan Singh Chahal for successfully completing Cadet Basic Training at the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
After several weeks of grueling training, they are now officially “plebes” in West Point’s Class of 2021. With full religious accommodations, both Sikh Coalition clients are the first male Sikh soldiers to maintain their articles of faith in West Point’s 215-year history. Click here to learn more.
Training TSA Officers on Cultural Sensitivity and Understanding
On August 23, 2017 Sikh Coalition Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh led multicultural awareness training at the local Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Headquarters in New York. We educated about 60 high-level officers and agents from the New York area on how to treat their passengers with cultural sensitivity and understanding. We will continue our education and training work to ensure that all passengers are treated with respect.
NYC Bowl-a-thon: Only a Few Lanes Left!
We are sure everyone is excited for our 8th annual New York City Bowl-a-thon on October 15, 2017. More than 75% of the lanes are already gone so sign up your team before it’s too late.By starting a team, participating and fundraising, you will further enable the Sikh Coalition’s work to protect our rights and lead change across the country.
November is California Sikh Awareness Month
California Assembly Member Ash Kalra has introduced a resolution in the California legislature designating November 2017 as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. The resolution recognizes “the significant contributions that Californians of Sikh heritage have made to the state.” Over the coming weeks, the Sikh Coalition will identify opportunities to expand Sikh awareness in California through government, media and community engagement. If you live in California and wish to get involved with these efforts, or if you wish to initiate similar efforts elsewhere in the United States, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sikh Coalition Speaks in Australia on Strengthening Sikh Institutions Abroad
The Sikh Coalition’s Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur, spoke in Australia from August 28 – September 5, 2017 about Sikhi-inspired activism and the keys to building lasting Sikh institutions. The trip was facilitated by The Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN) nonprofit and featured speaking events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The successful visit continues the organization’s work to spark new conversations about the impact young Sikhs can have in reshaping their communities.
Sikh Advocate Academy’s Impact From Coast to Coast
Over the last month, our 2017 Sikh Advocate Academy graduates have effectively engaged to combat bigotry and promote civil rights in their communities.
Advocate Harleen Kaur played a leadership role in organizing a hate crime prevention forum in Oregon. Government officials and community leaders came together to discuss strategies for making our communities safer and more welcoming. Advocate Simrankaur Wahan spoke on an anti-bullying panel to an audience of youth ages 13-20 in New York City. She shared personal experiences, advice, resources and strategies to empower young people. Advocate Soraya Deen is co-organizing an upcoming interfaith march in the San Fernando Valley, California, showing solidarity with and among communities impacted by hate.
Click here to learn about our current Sikh Advocate Academy class and look out for more impactful work to come!
Partnership with NYU Brings Sikh Project to New Viewers
“It was something that I had never seen before; specifically people of a certain culture/religion that has a stereotyped image jump outside of the box that society has placed them in.” -Sikh Project exhibition viewer
Our Sikh Project exhibition at New York University closed this month after 13 weeks at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. During this time, the exhibit received repeated accolades and reached an estimated 28,000 potential viewers. We are grateful to all those who have helped us expand the reach of the Sikh Project’s powerful message, and we look forward to bringing the exhibition to new locations across the country.
Join Our Team!
Do you have a passion for civil rights? Our powerhouse team is expanding. Click here to see all of our current open positions.In addition to other openings, we are hiring for brand new positions: Senior Director of Talent & Administration, Community Development Director, and Community Development Manager (in Southern California).Join us on the forefront of civil rights work!
Educational Brochures for Back-to-School Season
As summer ends and our children head back to school, the Sikh Coalition reminds you that our educational brochures provide an easy way to inform teachers, parents and students about the basic tenets of Sikhism. “The Sikhs” brochures give an overview of the gurus, Guru Granth Sahib, articles of faith and core Sikh beliefs.
Through the generous support of the Munshi Bishan Kochhar Foundation, “The Sikhs” brochures are available in 18 languages and completely free. Click here to learn how you can order brochures for your community.