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November is Sikh Awareness Month

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
October 20, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

NOVEMBER IS SIKH AMERICAN AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION MONTH

I am writing to inform you that November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 147 recognizes the important contributions made by Sikh Americans to the history of California. I encourage local educational agencies to observe California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month by conducting appropriate exercises to promote awareness of the contributions of Sikh Americans.

The Sikh population in California includes large communities in the agricultural towns of the Central Valley. Members of the Sikh community have testified to the State Board of Education that Sikhs have been targets of hate crimes and that young Sikhs have been subjected to bullying because of the different styles of clothing that they wear, with Sikh boys suffering at twice the national bullying rate than other boys.

To learn more about the obstacles and challenges that Sikhs face as well as their contributions to California’s history, I encourage you to use the following resources:

  • “Bullying Prevention Task Force Report” by theU.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, and White House Initiativeon Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This report draws on feedback from Sikh and other AAPI students and raises awareness about bullying issues that can benefit all students in addition to those from the Sikh and broader AAPI communities. You may view the report at: https://sites.ed.gov/aapi/files/2015/02/AAPI-Bullying-Prevention-Task-Force-Report-2014-2016_R051516C_1.pdf External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
  • “Sikhs in America” by Public Broadcasting Service station KVIE in Sacramento has made available a short documentary about the Sikh community, culture, and religion. To view this video go to the KVIE Viewfinder Web page at http://vids.kvie.org/video/1978745738/ External link opens in new window or tab..

ACR 122 “recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage to our state, and by adoption of this resolution, seeks to afford all Californians the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Sikh Americans.” To view the full text of the resolution, please visit the California Legislative Publications Web page at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180ACR122 External link opens in new window or tab..

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Jason Spencer, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, by phone at 916-319-0800 or by e-mail at jaspencer@cde.ca.gov (NOTE: The contact is no longer available).

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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