Dr. Upinder Singh and Kavneet Singh with attendees
American Sikh Council (ASC) volunteers with many from the Guru Nanak Parkash Gurdwara, Las Vegas, NV; namely Sukreet Singh, Sharanjeet Singh, Navneet Singh, Navjot Kaur, Gurdeep Singh, Dr. Upinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Dr. Gurmej 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, July 11- 13, 2021. Over 2,700+ in-person attendees 3,400+ virtual attendees, primarily school counselors, graduate students, specialists, experts, educators, professors attended this conference. There were over 120 exhibitors and hundreds of educational sessions covering, bullying prevention, racism, bias, and much more.
The Sikh volunteers did a tremendous job of interacting with the attendees at the American School Counselors Convention (ASCA). Hundreds of brochures were disseminated and many turbans were tied for those who wanted to understand what it feels to walk in our shoes.
Kavneet Singh, Navjot Kaur and Dr. Gurmej Singh with a counselor
ASC representatives interacted with the convention attendees by having conversations and answering many interesting questions posed by the counselors and educators. Brochures covering the Sikh Turban, 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 none other than 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 and further education, which can be used by professional school counselors to help understand the Sikh heritage in order to tackle the rampant bullying and victimization of many minorities’ groups like the Sikh American children.
Delegate getting a turban tied Sukreet Singh tying a turban
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. Some of the counselors who have visited our exhibit in the previous the national conference went out of their way to meet us, with warm hugs and compliments to keep up the great work.
Ms. Nancy J stated, “This is the best way to educate and train counselors, as we can interact and ask any question, including getting loads of solid material which backs up everything.”
All the Sikh volunteers from the greater Las Vegas area 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.
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.