ASC reps attended the ASCA Convention in Boston, MA June 29 – July 1, 2019

Tripat Kaur, Kaviraj Singh and Dr. Iqbal Singh with attendees

American Sikh Council (ASC) volunteers with many from the New England Sikh Society Gurdwara in Westborough, MA; namely Kaviraj Singh, Dr. Devinder Singh, Meena Kaur, Tripat Kaur, Dr. Iqbal Singh, Amarjit Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur, Hargun Kaur, Angad Singh, and Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Convention [National School Counselors Conference] which was held for three days, June 29 – July 1, 2019. Over 4,000 thousand (4,000) school counselors, graduate students, specialists, experts, educators, professors attended this conference. There were nearly a 220 exhibitors and hundreds of educational sessions covering, bullying, racism, bias, and much more.

The Sikh volunteers did a tremendous job of interacting with the attendees at the American School Counselors Convention (ASCA). Over 2,000 brochures were disseminated and lots of turbans were tied.

Kavneet Singh with a counselor from the state of Hawaii

ASC representatives interacted with the convention attendees by having conversations and answering many interesting questions posed by the counselors and educators. Brochures covering the Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Bullying of Sikh American Children and the Sikh Genocide 1984 – 1998 were displayed and distributed. The historic 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. This book was even attested by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2016.   Other books such as the Sikh Ghadar 1907-1918 and Another Aspect of the Gadar Movement were some of the other books displayed as resources tools which can be used by professional school counselors to help the rampant bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children.

Additionally, ASC volunteers Amarjit Kaur, Hargun Kaur and Kiranjeet Kaur also interviewed and documented several attendees while they were at the exhibit getting their turbans tied, in order to walk in our shoes and truly understand what it means to be distinct!

             

Delegates in turbans at the Sikh Exhibit

The volunteers were overcome with compliments by so many counselors about the interactive exhibit and had numerous requests to hold presentations at their schools and provide even more resource material.

Ms. Ann Marie H stated, “I have interacted with you on at least two earlier conferences, yet I learn something new every time. You honestly bring new meaning to diversity and empathy training.

All the Sikh volunteers from the greater Boston area and New Hampshire must be congratulated for doing an excellent job of presenting the Sikh heritage and all the issues of bullying to the delegates at the convention.

Meena Kaur and Kavneet Singh with a visitor at the ASC – Sikh exhibit

The networking and the outcome of ASC’s collective work was a resounding success, and 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.

Dr. Devinder Singh with counselors in turbans at the ASC exhibit

 

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