South Asian American Policy & Research Institute

Empowering Communities For A Better Tomorrow

South Asian Americans

The growing significance of our community


SAAPRI conducts critical research and advances public policy.


SAAPRI hosts public events and educates diverse audiences.


South Asian Americans Make History in IL Primary Elections

The March 20th Illinois Primary elections were historic for the South Asian American community in Illinois. Not only were there numerous South Asian American candidates running for positions in all levels of government, but for the first time in Illinois history, a South Asian American candidate will serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Ram Villivalam won the […]

SAAPRI Fellows Lead Civic Engagement Workshop for American Association of Retired Asians

SAAPRI Fellows Anil Methipara and Anar Parikh presented on building power through civic engagement to a South Asian audience from the American Association of Retired Asians (AARA) on Monday, January 29. The program focused on national and state population trends of Asian and South Asian Americans (especially those over the age of 50) and how […]

SAAPRI Organizes Voter Registration Drive at Chicago Muslim Community Center

On Friday, January 26, SAAPRI held a voter registration drive at the Muslim Community Center in Albany Park. The Jummah prayer brings a large crowd of worshippers to the mosque and community center around lunchtime on Friday afternoons. Alongside the Compassionate Care Network—a community health center offering health exams and consultations—and a visit from Cook […]