Indian American racial justice advocate Deepa Iyer will deliver at the 11th Annual Korenman Lecture at UMBC on March 8

Indian American civil rights activist and attorney Deepa Iyer received Justice in Action Awards from The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Indian American civil rights activist and attorney Deepa Iyer

MARYLAND (TIP): Indian American activist, writer and lawyer Deepa Iyer will deliver the 11th Annual Korenman Lecture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on March 8.

Titled “Becoming Bridge-Builders and Disrupters Navigating Racial and Gender Realities in America Today,” her lecture will explore how to navigate racial and gender realities in today’s America.

According to an official release, the racial justice advocate will speak about the racial realities affecting people of color, women, and immigrants and refugees.

She will share stories of struggle and resistance from communities affected by backlash, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, it said.

Iyer will discuss ideas for maintaining equitable and inclusive policies and institutions that reflect the racial realities and intersectional identities of communities in America.

Iyer’s who is a specialist in post-9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants; national security and immigration policies; and racial equity and solidarity practices.

She is a former Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

Iyer will also interact with students and sign her books.

Her experience working with SAALT was instrumental for her seminal book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. It was selected for 2016 American Book Award and was selected as a top 10 multicultural non-fiction books of 2015 by Booklist.

Since the release of her book, Iyer has been attending community conversations across the United States speaking about the life of immigrants at college campuses, non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions among others.

Iyer’s current work includes a collaborative project around rapid response coordination in the wake of criminalization policies and efforts and a solidarity project which includes a monthly podcast called Solidarity Is This.

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