ISW Launches South Asian Youth Activists and Allies Initiative, or SAYAA

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WORCESTER, MA–India Society of Worcester (ISW) has launched the South Asian Youth Activists and Allies Initiative, known as SAYAA. It is an initiative by ISW Young Professionals, and is advised by Raj and Shiamin Melville.

“We are excited to announce a new ISW group to reach out to South Asian young professionals called SAYAA, or “South Asian Youth Activists and Allies,” organizers said in a statement.

SAYAA will host an online discussion to launch the group as part of India Day 2020 on Saturday August 8th from 1:15 to 2:15 pm. During the session SAYAA will discuss why the South Asian community should care about the Black Lives Matter and provide some historical context about immigration and the civil rights movement.

All are encouraged to attend.

“We are also looking to gauge the interest in this group and encourage you or your children to share your opinions in the survey,” the statement said. Click here to take it.

SAYAA is committed to social justice and racial equity initiatives in the South Asian community.  Through dialogues, and engaging with peers, it plans to advance the  mission of organizing social justice activism, standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) peers and self-reflecting on the community’s role in perpetuating injustice within the South Asian community.

The group is interested in working with individuals ages 14-35 but welcomes opinions/suggestions from others. For any additional questions, please email

SAAYA Committeemembers are: Shubh Agrawal, Danush Chelladurai, Tanvi Jain, Aditya Khanna, Kavya Raghunathan and Aarshiya Sachdeva.


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