Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
At the age of 12, I was asked by a dear family friend, "Harveen, what is your purpose in life?" I was baffled and perplexed at the question of my existence; I had never pondered upon something so introspective. I couldn't answer the question then, but after many years of exploring, I discovered my purpose and what I am passionate about: community building and social justice. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and although the city is filled with diversity, I have been witness to the Sikh community and other marginalized groups being treated like second class citizens.
My love for our Sangat has inspired me to dismantle existing structures of privilege, power, and oppression in our communities to ensure we, the Sangat, have a voice at the table. After establishing JMC at UC Irvine with some of my fellow Kaurs, my purpose in life was reaffirmed by my experiences. I may not know what Waheguru has written for me, but I find my purpose in you all and in Chardi Kala and Ekta, I know we will achieve equity while building everlasting infrastructures of support for the future generations to come. I am humbled and forever grateful to have this opportunity to serve our Sangat and look forward to building a prosperous future with you all.
In Chardi Kala,
Harveen Kaur is a community organizer for the Jakara Movement in the Kern County region.