If you are of South Asian heritage, between the ages of 18 and 24, and interested in learning more about social justice and the South Asian community you are a part of in Houston, this is the summer institute for you! You’ll have a chance to learn about community-building, networking, and social advocacy. In the institute workshops we’ll discuss issues such as stereotypes concerning South Asians in the US, healthy relationships and immigrant family dynamics, working for social justice in Houston, and understanding your own culture and history as South Asians in Texas.
“SAYHU, for me, is an experience that continues to last. Never have I participated in such a wholesome and thorough exercise of vulnerability, solidarity, care, and inspiration. There was a sense of community that I’ve always found lacking in my life, and with that came the safety and courage to share my own stories. I was part of a group of smart, passionate, and kind students, and together we explored our own identities and lives and connected it to society at large. I was exposed to teachers, guides, activists, and artists who all allowed me to find conviction in my own abilities. Social justice was something that I’ve always felt strongly about, but never before did I feel equipped to actually pursue a life of advocacy and activism. After a week of reflection and instruction, I feel as though I came out prepared to reconcile inner conflicts and take on societal issues in a way that I never have before. I now find strength in my identity as a South Asian and as a Houstonian, and I couldn’t be more grateful to SAYHU for opening my eyes to that.”
– Akhil Jonnalagadda