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.


Preventing Violence Against South Asians at Retail Stores

UPDATE: The 2015 focus groups have concluded.  A big thanks to our community members who participated! PREVIOUS FOCUS GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT: You are invited to a research study to prevent violence against South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali, or Bhutanese) retail workers. If you are selected, you will receive $100 for participating in the focus […]

SAAPRI Welcomes New Executive Director, Reema Kapur

Serving as SAAPRI’s Executive Director since 2011, Ami Gandhi, has decided to transition from her role. She will be leaving at the end of June of 2015 to raise a family and eventually seek new professional opportunities. We are grateful for her years of service and appreciate all the work she has done as the […]

MAP: South Asian-Serving Institutions in Illinois

South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is pleased to provide this map of South Asian-serving institutions in Illinois as a resource for the community, published in February 2015 in conjunction with the report Voter Registration, Activation, and Engagement in South Asian American Communities in Illinois. SAAPRI thanks Civic Engagement Fellow Harish I. Patel […]

SAAPRI Discusses Immigration at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir

Serving as the Chief Guest of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir’s 8th Annual Women Conference, SAAPRI executive director Ami Gandhi addressed immigration, deferred action for undocumented individuals, and work authorization of H-4 visa holders to over 500 conference attendees in Bartlett, Illinois on March 14, 2015. Click here to read coverage of the event in Chicago […]