Goodbye SAALT…

As I end my internship here at SAALT I would like to start off by thanking Deepa, Aaditi, Priya and Mou for one of the best internship experiences possible. Not only were they great supervisors but they were also great mentors.

I started my internship here at SAALT not really understanding what issues faced South Asians in America. For me, a relatively sheltered Indian who grew up in Tucson, Arizona all Desis are pretty much doctors or engineers. But after getting into this internship and being exposed to varying facets of the South Asian community, I have come to realize that there are serious problems that affect the South Asian community that deserve our time and attention, whether it be based around Immigration Reform or Hate Crimes.

During my internship here at SAALT, I was fortunate enough to take part in the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) Collegiate Conference, attend various Hill briefings and help to put on in person training sessions for various women led non profits. I have gained a thorough understanding of what it takes to run a small but influential nonprofit, the skills needed to multitask with about 10 different deadlines looming overhead, and finally the patience needed to understand that change does not happen overnight.

So I would like to end by thanking SAALT for a great 9 weeks and wishing them luck with all future endeavors!

-Ashley