Project Archives

SAAPRI Past Projects & Milestones



  • SAAPRI hosts “Talk It Out: #MeToo” a Desi Round Table Discussion on the Women’s Movement in Our Community

  • SAAPRI assists Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago in Election Day Poll Watching in Cook County precincts
  • SAAPRI joins “South Asian Trailblazers in Medicine Conference” panel on CVD
  • SAAPRI joins UChicago “Resistance within Invisibility: Undocumented Asian Immigrants”
  • SAAPRI Hosts South Asian Community Health Forum


  • SAAPRI partners with Kalapriya to put on “Ahimsa: The End of Violence”, an event series which used storytelling, music, and a discussion to address how to end violence in our communities
  • SAAPRI’s second in a series of “Desi Round Table” discussions to address some of the most important issues facing our community today including DACA and immigration relief, the rise in hate crimes, the need to reach vulnerable populations within our communities, and opportunities to build South Asian solidarity
  • SAAPRI organizes Be the Change Day, a civic engagement workshop for South Asian American students from Loyola University focusing on increasing South Asian voter registration and a letter writing campaign on the following issues: the Cook County ID Program, the State Student ACCESS Bill, and the Federal DREAM Act.


  • SAAPRI Leadership Forum: SAAPRI convenes Leadership Forum attended by South Asian-facing organizations, community leaders, and business persons to examine civic participation among the South Asian American community.







  • Oral History Project: Collected the oral histories of South Asians from interviewees from downstate Illinois and beyond the Chicago metro area


  • Health Research Initiative: Research collaboration with Illinois Department of Public Health on health access disparities for Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Illinois


  • SAAPRI is founded.