Community Engagement

Purvi Shah, Sakhi’s Executive Director, addressed the 15th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference in Oberlin, Ohio, held from March 7 to 9.

The three-day conference bore the title “Policy, Barriers, and Justice” and its goal, in the words of the organizers, was to “highlight the invisibility and misconceptions of Asians Americans in policies regarding higher education, housing, etc., and to increase awareness on the immediate effects of laws and policies in daily life.”

Thirty students braved the weekend blizzard to learn more about ending violence in the South Asian community during Purvi’s March 8 session, where she spoke, showed Sakhi’s Public Service Announcement, What’s on Your List?, and our film Creating Community Change, and fielded questions.

Tuyet Ngo, one of the event organizers, said she was impressed by the way Sakhi’s media highlights our program services. “It’s truly amazing to see that women can receive the support without any judgment,” she observed.

Conference co-chair Cheska Tolentino also came away with a highly positive impression of Purvi’s talk and Sakhi’s work. “It lent some insight into the complexities of the South Asian immigrant woman’s experience,” she said. “Oberlin students came away from the session wanting to learn more about domestic violence and how they can help survivors using an integrated approach.”