Every year, SAALT’s programming shifts to meet the needs of varying community ecosystems and demands. Take a look at how we’ve built programming historically to understand how we’re moving forward, and launch your own versions to empower your local communities!
SAALT’S RECENT PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:
- Visiting Scholar In Residence
SAALT currently works with Dr. Khalid Anis Ansari to engage in principled learning directly with scholars from South Asia.
- Voices from the Community
Community members write for SAALT’s Medium series, Voices from the Community, where SAALT features posts from community members on key issues and their intersections.
- Campus Sessions
A Campus Session is an opportunity for a student-driven discussion around issues that impact the South Asian community.
SAALT engages in campaigns around the country focused on areas with high-density South Asian populations.
- Regional and Local Initiatives
SAALT leads campaigns and programs in various parts of the country with a special emphasis on areas with high-density South Asian populations.
SAALT’S PREVIOUS PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:
- PROCESS: 20 Years Since
PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE is a mini-docuseries and interactive digital exhibition which amplifies our young siblings’ calls to process — the past twenty years, and the next twenty years — in just, transformative, and unifying ways. On 10 September 2021, SAALT and the artists, allies, and storytellers involved in the making of PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE celebrated the launch of the project at Judson Memorial Church and Washington Square Park, bringing together community members for an afternoon of collective reflection. See pictures, taken by Iqra Shahbaz, here. On 16 September 2021, SAALT, alongside co-hosts Justice for Muslims Collective and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), hosted a virtual Congressional Briefing on 9/11 and the War on Terror, where multiple storytelling siblings shared their stories. Read their reflections here, and watch the Congressional Briefing here. On 21 September 2021, SAALT held a virtual event celebrating “PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE” with the exclusive launch of a compilation video highlighting themes from the docuseries, with commentary from panelists Shravya Kag, Saira Mangat, Atif Akhter, and SAALT’s own Lakshmi Sridaran and Simran Noor. Watch the compilation video here.
- Political Education: National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO)
In 2020 and 2021, SAALT worked with facilitator Kaajal Shah to engage the NCSO in political education work on issues of white supremacy and casteism. Learn more about our NCSO here.
- Mini-Series Guest Lectures
EarthBound was a 2021 SAALT series exploring our communities’ connections to lands currently and ancestrally tied to our people.
- South Asian Summit
The South Asian Summit is a biannual event which brings together diverse activists, advocates, allies and community members for four days of advocacy, peer exchange, skills-building, networking, and strategizing.
- We Build Community
The We Build Community initiative is designed to enable four groups in the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations to deepen their capacity and involvement in civic engagement that connect South Asian American communities with broader movements for racial justice, immigration justice, gender justice, and/or LGBTQ justice.
- Young Leaders Institute
SAALT’s Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is an opportunity for undergraduate university students to build leadership skills, connect with activists and mentors, and explore social change strategies around issues that affect South Asian and immigrant communities in the US.
- Be The Change, Day of Service
Be the Change is an annual national day of service that has historically been coordinated by SAALT to inspire and foster civic engagement and stronger communities through volunteerism and community service. As of 2016, SAALT no longer serves as the effort’s national coordinator. To encourage local leadership among grassroots South Asian organizations, SAALT has prepared an extensive guide for groups interested in organizing a Be the Change event in their communities.
- SAALT Circles
A SAALT Circle is a safe space for community members to come together and learn about local and national issues impacting the South Asian community in the US, share their experiences, and explore ways to create change.