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Religion as a Facet of DEI
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 Export to Your Calendar 2/4/2021 to 2/18/2021
When: Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 2021
2-4pm Eastern, 11am-1pm Pacific
Where: Online Event via Zoom
United States

Online registration is available until: 2/4/2021
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$125 for three classes



$250 for three classes



This online course is composed of three, 2-hour sessions that will explore religion as a facet of DEI work. Each class will be highly interactive, with a combination of facilitated discussions, case studies, and personal reflections. 


Session 1 will look at the complexities of religious identities and how they fit into aspects of DEI work. The class will help us understand what we mean by religion and the diversity of ways it presents itself in people's lives. 


Session 2 will consider questions of religious discrimination, exclusion, and supremacy. This exploration will focus on the ways in which our assumptions —whether malicious or innocuous — might cause harm to people we're trying to serve. 


Session 3 will examine what it takes to build a culture of religious inclusion and belonging. This will be the culmination of our series in which we look at best practices for accounting for our constituents. 





Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who speaks regularly on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Simran is currently based at Union Seminary, and he’s the first Sikh wire-service columnist in US history. He hosts the new web-series, Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism, as well as the Spirited podcast, which focuses on the intersection of faith and justice. Simran is the author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Run a Marathon, which is the first-ever children’s book from a major publisher (Penguin Random House) to center a Sikh story. He is also writing an adult non-fiction book for Riverhead (Penguin Random House) on Sikh wisdom to help navigate today’s contentious world.


While he is an accomplished professor with graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia, Simran uses personal stories, dad-jokes, and a love for pop culture to connect with people where they are. That’s because he understands that marginalized groups will not lecture their way into dignity and that empathy is really built when we connect with one another as human beings. Simran connects with a diversity of audiences by bantering on Twitter (where he has 80,000+ followers), doing on-air commentary on programs like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and hosting Spirited, a new podcast on faith and spirituality. Audiences are disarmed by Simran’s humor and inspired by his hopeful vision for a more loving, peaceful world.


Current Appointments:


  • Visiting Professor, Union Seminary

  • Columnist, Religion News Service

  • Host, ‘Spirited’

  • Host, ‘Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism’

  • Senior Fellow, Sikh Coalition

  • Chaplain, New York University & Columbia University

  • Governor Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Council

  • Elizabeth Warren’s Interfaith Advisory Council




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