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