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SAAPRI Participates in Panel at South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference

SAAPRI was delighted to contribute to a panel discussion regarding political outreach and advocacy at the first conference on South Asian womanhood and girlhood at Loyola University Chicago. The panel featured Reema Kapur, SAAPRI Executive Director; Kathleen Yang-Clayton, independent consultant; and Shobhana Johri Verma, the director of the South Asian Outreach Program at the Chicago Board […]


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SAAPRI Hosts Annual Fundraiser to Support Civic Engagement

  On Thursday, September 15, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) hosted “Our Vote Matters!,” an event focusing on the organization’s civic engagement initiative. The event brought together over 40 supporters, board members and staff together for a thoughtful conversation regarding SAAPRI’s get out the vote (GOTV) work in advance of the 2016 […]


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SAAPRI Participates in AAPI Civic Engagement Panel: “Have we built Asian American Power?”

SAAPRI was delighted to sponsor and participate in a panel about AAPI political empowerment along with other community organizations: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – AAPIP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago – AAJC, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC, and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – ICIRR. The event was hosted by […]


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SAAPRI Condemns Hate Crime at Orlando Gay Nightclub

South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) is deeply saddened by the attack on at least 50 innocent queer and transgender victims of color at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. SAAPRI joins the nation in mourning the senseless loss of lives and the unimaginable pain caused by this incident. As we stand in solidarity with […]


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SAAPRI Discusses the South Asian American identity at Purdue University

As part of Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series, SAAPRI executive director Reema Kapur discussed the development of the South Asian American identity, undocumented South Asian immigrants, and hate crimes against South Asian retail workers in the Midwest. Click here for Purdue University’s announcement of the lecture.


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SAAPRI Speaks at Northwestern Series on Anti-Blackness in the South Asian American Community

SAAPRI participated in a three-day series of workshops at Northwestern University, spearheaded by undergraduate student Sanjana Lakshmi, on confronting anti-blackness in the South Asian American community and discussing how we can be more effective allies to black folks as people of color. The workshops covered three topics: colorism in the South Asian community, racial profiling, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Paid Opportunity for April 7 Elections

SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY: The Cook County Clerk’s Office is currently hiring bilingual individuals who speak Hindi, Gujarati, or Urdu. This is a paid opportunity to help South Asian community members gain access to the polls during the elections on April 7, 2015. Requirements include: (1) Ability to travel to suburban Cook County (even if you […]


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