Dear Supporter Ji,
As the Senior Education Manager here at the Sikh Coalition, I am privileged to work alongside Sikh parents and students as we push to make our classrooms safer and more inclusive.
As we prepare to end the year, I wanted to reach out and let you know that this month alone, we achieved two incredible victories for Sikh awareness in our nation’s schools! These are the kinds of wins that are only possible with the enthusiastic support of the sangat—not just time and effort from sevadaars, but also dasvandh from supporters like you.
For more than 10 years, the Sikh Coalition has pushed for Sikhi to be included in state social studies standards. When we succeed, it means that Sikhi can be taught alongside other world religions and discussed in conversations about history, civil rights, and other topics in public school classrooms. This, in turn, decreases bullying against Sikh youth and ensures that they see their history and culture reflected in educational materials; it also helps students of all backgrounds receive a more complete education.
Since we began this work, 16 states have updated their standards to include Sikhi—and just this month, the states of Utah and Mississippi became the two newest additions to the list! In both states, we helped sangat members submit written and spoken testimony during ‘public comment’ periods, enlisted academics and allied organizations to write letters on the Sikh community’s behalf, and directly engaged state education officials.
This work, however, isn’t easy. Each state updates its standards on a different timeline, and has different review processes for determining what is added or dropped from these long, complex documents. In addition, the political opposition to including information about diverse communities varies across the country—in other words, we have to fight for our children to see themselves in their education.
Let me be frank: no one is pushing for Sikh inclusion in our schools like the Sikh Coalition. But your investment can make a difference in our ability to continue this work in 2023 and beyond—and if you donate before the end of the year, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar. By supporting us today, you are ensuring that the next state to propose an update to their standards will be able to hear the voice of the Sikh community calling for inclusion.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Senior Education Manager
The Sikh Coalition