Kavneet Singh, Rajinder Kaur and Zoravar Singh with an attendee, at the SSAC Conference
The American Sikh Council (ASC) exhibited at the National Conference on Bullying Prevention organized by School Safety and Advocacy Council (SSAC) held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown New Orleans, LA from July 27-27, 2021.
ASC representatives Zoravar Singh, Rajinder Kaur, Amolak Singh and Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the National School Safety and Advocacy Council (SSAC) Conference on Bullying Prevention which was held for two days attended by over 800 principals, school counselors, police officers, prosecutors, juvenile investigators, education policy specialists, school resource officers, diversity/bullying specialists, child protective services, probation officers, internet crime investigators, teachers, school psychologists, judges, community workers, university professionals, professors, graduate students and others attended this conference. There were 66 exhibitors and many educational sessions covering, school safety, bullying prevention, racism, bias, to suicide prevention, and more.
Sarah H remarked, “The contribution of Sikh Americans to our nation is exceptional yet the continued bullying of Sikh American children is gut wrenching and unacceptable. I will do my part to change this cycle of hate for a better world.”
Kavneet Singh with attendees at the ASC exhibit
This was the fifth year the American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives interacted with the convention attendees by educating and answering many questions posed by the various specialists and educators. Brochures covering the Bullying of Sikh American Children, Sikh Faith, Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, The Sikh Genocide were displayed and distributed. The one of a kind historic book supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, www.bullyingsikhamericanchildren.org was displayed; as this is another excellent resource tool which can be used by all school professionals and law enforcements officials to help the widespread bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children. This book is being currently used in over three dozen school districts.
Bullying of Sikh American school children is a pervasive problem across America. The networking and the outcome of ASC’s collective work was a great success, but in order to continue to sustain this ongoing work ASC requests all the gurdwaras to generously support these very important educational initiatives in order to help our next generation thrive and not simply survive.
Kavneet Singh and Amolak Singh with attendees Kavneet Singh with attendees