Sarav Paul Singh tying a turban on an attendee, with visitor and Manpriya Kaur
American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives along-with Sikh Resource Society (SRS) representatives S. Davinder Singh, S. Laj Kaur, S. Manpriya Kaur, S. Sarav Paul Singh, S. Shamsher Singh, Dr. Jasvinder Singh, S. Asvinder Kaur and S. Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention which was held for three days, February 14 – 16, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL.
Over 6,800 School Psychologists, graduate students, specialists, educators, professors and many other experts attended this conference. There were over a 100 exhibitors and hundreds of educational sessions covering, bullying, racism, bias, neuropsychology to suicide prevention, and much more.
ASC representatives interacted with the convention attendees by having conversations and answering many interesting questions posed by the psychologists and educators. Hundreds of brochures covering the Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Sikh Genocide and Bullying of Sikh American Children were displayed and distributed. The recently published book supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, www.bullyingasikhamericanchildren.org was displayed; as this is another resources tool which can be used by professional school psychologists to help the rampant bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children. This book was even attested by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2016.
Davinder Singh with an attendee Shamsher Singh with an attendee
A young Sikh American School Psychologist Dr.Kavita Kaur has done her doctorate on the subject. Her thesis was on, ‘Improving Cultural Competency: Bullying Victimization of Sikh American Adolescents’ and furthermore she did a session on February 15, 2018 at the NASP conference.
Attendees having lunch after visiting our exhibit at the NASP Conference 2018
Many complimented us on the interactive exhibit and we had numerous requests to hold presentations at schools across the country including providing even more resource material.
Ms. Melissa P from Kentucky stated, “After trying on a turban for a few hours, I have entirely new perspective on how people perceive me, which now gives me a better understanding of bias. Please do not stop this initiative to educate others as this is very important.”
Attending psychologists proudly wearing turbans
The networking and the result of ASC’s collective work was a categorical success. In order to sustain this ongoing effort ASC requests all the gurdwaras but especially member gurdwaras to continue their support of these very important educational initiatives to help our next generation thrive for a better future.
Asvinder Kaur and Dr. Jasvinder Singh talking to visitors at the ASC exhibit