Devinder Singh, Brahmjot Kaur, Tejdeep Kaur and Kavneet Singh with attendees
American Sikh Council (ASC) volunteers; Devinder Singh, Brahmjot Kaur, Tejdeep Kaur and Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Convention which was held for three days, July 9 – 11, 2022. Over 4,500 school counselors, graduate students, specialists, experts, educators, professors attended this conference. There were over 210 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). Thousands of brochures were disseminated and lots of turbans were tied.
Devinder Singh, Tejdeep Kaur and Brahmjot Kaur talking to an attendee
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 unique and 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 and currently in over 37 school districts across the eastern seaboard. Other books such as the Sikh Ghadar 1907-1918 and Another Aspect of the Gadar Movement were 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.
Tejdeep Kaur, Brahmjot Kaur and Devinder Singh with delegate in turban at the ASC 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. Diedre F stated, “I have been to many conferences, but your exhibit is by far, not only interactive but you genuinely are making a difference by giving meaning to diversity and empathy training.”
Devinder Singh, Brahmjot Kaur and Tejdeep Kaur must be congratulated for doing an excellent job of presenting the Sikh heritage and all the issues of bullying to the delegates at the national convention.
Tejdeep Kaur, Brahmjot Kaur and Kavneet Singh with visitors 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.
Kavneet Singh with counselors from NY in turbans at the ASC exhibit