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South Asian American Leadership Conference

SAALC 2022 has concluded. Please join us next for SAALC 2023!

The Asian American Cultural Center is hosting our 3rd annual South Asian American Leadership Conference virtually from Monday, February 28 to Thursday March 3, 2022. South Asian Americans are one of the most rapidly growing groups in Illinois and the nation. The South Asian American Leadership Conference was created to educate and empower students to network and develop relationships. It also strives to foster unity, strengthen the community, provide opportunities for leadership development, and offer safe spaces to talk about the issues and challenges South Asian American students face.



Session 1: When The War Came Home: Reflections on 9/11, Trauma, and South Asian Lives
February 28 - 5:30 pm CST

Zoom only
A UIUC alum and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Bhagwat will be talking about hate crimes, the "Global War on Terror," and PTSD among South Asians in the US and South Asia.

Session 2: Brown Girls Talking
March 1 - 12 pm CST

Zoom & AACC
In a podcast style format, Monisha Shah and Simaren Sandh, South Asian UIUC alumni, discuss everything from Corporate America, imposter syndrome, anxiety & depression, & transferring college experiences to resumes & interviews!

Session 3: Living on the Hyphen – South Asian American Identities and Communities During a Global Health Crisis
March 2 - 1 pm CST
Zoom only
UIUC alum and clinical psychologist Dr. Debjani Mukherjee will explore identities and communities as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic from her standpoint as an Indian-American psychologist working in clinical ethics. She draws specifically on the period in 2021 when infection rates and the death toll in India were alarmingly accelerating, while in the United States, vaccines were becoming more readily available. Dr. Mukherjee will consider the impact of global inequities, resource shortages, and the conflicted roles of healthcare professionals who had loved ones living through the unfolding human disaster. She will explore the emotional and social impact and the senses of place, duty, and belonging that impact the diaspora, especially under current global conditions. 

Session 4: Jai Chakrabarti's "A Play for the End of the World" 
March 3 - 4pm CST

Zoom & AACC
Jai Chakrabarti will discuss his first novel, "A Play for the End of the World". This event is a collaboration with the International and Area Studies Library. Refreshments will be served.



Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

This conference is FREE for all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students.