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State Of The SSAs


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State of the Sikh Students Associations in California - Past, Present and Future(?)

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State Of The SSAs

  1. 1. State of the SSAs: Past and Present<br />
  2. 2. 1980s<br />Informal Sikh organizations on campus, but campus registration was rare<br />Sac State, Fresno State, and in 1989 at UCB<br />
  3. 3. 1990s<br />Two periods:<br />1990-1994<br />Membership generally those born in Punjab<br />Overtly political and tied to politics of Punjab<br />1996-2000<br />New proliferation throughout Southern California<br />UC Davis always missing<br />Proliferation of bhangra competitions related to SSAs<br />
  4. 4. 2000s<br />Continuation and Resolution of the contradictions of the 1990s<br />2000-2005<br />Proliferation of bhangra teams, growing out of SSAs. <br />A new confidence, but new contradictions<br />2005-2009<br />Bhangra competitions are stabilizing<br />Bhangra teams have separated from the SSA<br />
  5. 5. Evolution and Revolutions<br />From a political agenda to a lack of an agenda<br />Bhangra outgrowth, but increasingly separation<br />Bhangra teams have an agenda<br />What is that of the SSA?<br />
  6. 6. Strengths and Successes<br />Largely interconnected network<br />Statewide presence<br />Purely social club is not the agenda<br />Increasing student interest<br />Phenomenal individuals<br />
  7. 7. Limitations and Problems<br />Limited engagement with Sikhs and non-Sikhs<br />CYCLICAL instead of CUMULATIVE learning<br />Avenue for individual growth and exploration is limited<br />SEVERELY underfunded and underutilized<br />Largely a UC phenomenon – weak at JCs and CSUs<br />Lack of accountability<br />Lack of maturity<br />Do you leave college committed to your community?<br />
  8. 8. 2010s?<br />What will be the new innovations during this decade?<br />What will be our contribution?<br />Can we impart a revolution to this critical institution?<br />
  9. 9. Creating an Agenda<br />What would it entail?<br />