Continuing our series commemorating the fifth anniversary of the opening of SAALT’s first staffed office, let’s hear from two SAALT Board members, Lavanya Sithanandam and Anouska Cheddie (respectively).
“Five years ago SAALT opened its first office and hired staff in New York City. In that short time, SAALT has grown tremendously. My involvement with SAALT began during those same five years, and what this organization has given me is invaluable. SAALT has provided me with the inspiration and the tools to speak up as a physician activist, advocating on behalf of immigrants both inside and outside of my medical practice. I continue to be inspired and motivated by the hard work of the staff, the dedication of the NCSO members, and the vision of the organization. I feel confident that SAALT will continue its wonderful work over the next five years and will become an even stronger voice both within and outside our South Asian community.”
“SAALT is community. It’s about collaboration. SAALT is trust. It’s about participation. SAALT is empowerment. It’s about representation. SAALT is inclusive. It’s about including the diaspora.
With SAALT, I know that local grassroots groups have a national organization that they can work with to ensure our community has a strong progressive voice that is heard in DC and around the country.
This is just the beginning.”