Mission & Strategies

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States.

SAALT is the only national, staffed South Asian organization that advocates around issues affecting South Asian communities through a social justice framework.

SAALT’s strategies include conducting public policy analysis and advocacy; building partnerships with South Asian organizations and allies; mobilizing communities to take action; and developing leadership for social change.

SAALT recently completed a Three-Year (2010-2012) Strategic Plan with the input of stakeholders, members, and organizational partners. Read more to learn about our programmatic goals and objectives over the next three years. View a summary of SAALT’s strategic plan here.

Guiding Principles

SAALT’s programs are grounded in our guiding values that stem from a view of the world that is based on social change and social justice principles.

  • We seek to enter into partnerships with local South Asian organizations and formulate national policy positions that are informed by and evolve from local expertise and experience.
  • We do not discriminate with respect to age, economic status, ethnicity, gender, geography, immigration or citizenship status, language ability, national origin, profession, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • We seek to encourage South Asians to participate in collective problem-solving that will lead to positive social change through influencing local, state, and national political bodies.
  • We seek to facilitate the emergence of a South Asian American identity that transcends generational, religious, ethnic and class-based boundaries, without undermining national, cultural or religious affiliation.
  • We seek to maintain a collaborative relationship with its local partners by maintaining a transparent internal structure, sharing information, and engaging in open communication and consensual decision-making.
  • We seek to amplify the concerns of disempowered community members. We seek to work in collaboration with broader civil and immigrant rights movements.