We are proud to introduce this year’s Academy candidates!
Washington DC, USA- We are humbled to announce that we received an overwhelming response from the youth globally who applied to take one of eight spots in our Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) being held from July 22-25, 2014.
The AHAA will be an extensive four-day training program including discussions from panels, interactive workshops, tours of federal buildings, lectures, and skill-building exercises. Along with members of the UNITED SIKHS team, presenters from around the United States will be coming to the nation’s capitol to train these young minds.
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Meet the trainers and their topics-
- "Sikh History in the United States" presented by Christopher Murray (Teacher for class on religious tolerance and comparative religions where he uses Sikhism as prime examples on the topic. Mr. Murray has received the Teacher of the Year award for Excellence in Diversity Education)
- "DOJ, Civil Rights Division processes to work on Civil Rights/ Sikh issues" presented by Eric Treene, (Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice)
- "National Sikh Campaign: New Initiative and how to get involved" presented by Gurwin Ahuja (Policy advocate for Generation Progress at the Center for American)
- "NAACP Legislative Update” presented by Hilary Shelton (director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy)
- "Creating Positive Sikh Perceptions in the Mainstream Media" presented by Gurpreet Singh Sarin (American Idol’s first Sikh Candidate who made it into the top 40 contestants in the 12th season of American Idol)
- "The Sikh Movement: What is Sikhi Really?" and "Flipping the Gurudwara Workshop" presented by Dr. Rahuldeep Gill (Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University. He studies the interaction between Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus and teaches a yearly class on the Sikh religion and tradition)
Our candidates are passionate, excited, well-rounded individuals coming to Washington, DC to learn how to be become advocates, humanitarians, and activists. To support them and our advocacy program, please click here.
Staff Attorney and Policy Advocate
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA)