ASC reps attend the National School Board Association (NSBA) Convention in San Diego, CA on April 2 – 3, 2022.

Jassan Singh, Mantaj Singh and Baljinder Singh with a School Board member (CO)

American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives Jassan Singh, Mantaj Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Manjit Singh, Baljinder Singh and Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh heritage education exhibit at the annual National School Board Association (NSBA) Convention which was held for two days, April 2 – 3, 2022 at the San Diego Convention Center, in downtown San Diego, CA.

Over 4,000 superintendents, school board administrators, principals, specialists, educators, professors, attorneys, and many other experts attended this conference. There were over 100 exhibitors and dozens of educational sessions covering, topics from bullying, racism, bias; use of technology, enhancing education, empathy training to suicide prevention, and much more.

Baljinder Singh and Kavneet Singh with a School Board member

ASC representatives interacted with the convention attendees by having conversations and answering many interesting questions posed by the superintendents, school board members and other educators. Hundreds of brochures covering the Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Sikh Genocide, Bullying of Sikh American Children and The Sikh Turban were displayed and distributed. The unique book published and supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, was displayed; as this is another very important resource tool which can be used by school superintendents to help stem 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. The book is already implemented in over three dozen school districts across the East Coast and some high schools are using the book for their AP English, AP Psychology and AP History classes.

Ms. Heather C, from Colorado who attended the last conference in 2019 was extremely supportive of the comprehensive information provided by ASC, that she reminded us to keep up the great work. Many others were so enthused by the ASC exhibit and the information that they received, that some requested videos, some power point presentation and other material, in order to educate those children who, grow up with less diversity around them.

Mantaj Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Jassan Singh & Baljinder Singh with a School Board member (CO)

Numerous attendees complimented the ASC representative on the interactive exhibit and the various levels of educational material available to educate the educators. Turbans were tied on many educators who wished to understand the dastaar and how it felt to walk in our shoes.

Ms. Katie L an educator who visited the exhibit stated, “Your message was extremely informative and succinct, that it should be shared with the masses to increase awareness and avoid bias.”

The American Sikh Council (ASC) has thousands of requests by schools to come and give presentations in schools to educate and dispel ignorance about the Sikh heritage.  It behooves all the member gurdwaras, sangat members and concerned parents to step up and support the ASC initiatives and only then can we make a positive change through a bigger impact in the foreseeable future.

Baljinder Singh with a Prof. of religious studies (WA) and a School Board member (IN)

The networking and the result of ASC’s collective work was an unqualified success. In order to sustain this ongoing effort ASC requests all 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.

Leave a Reply