Workshops

SikhRI delivers specialized workshops to your community!

From developing leadership to harmonious relationships, to governing gurduaras — every workshop we devise is an immersive way to deepen your understanding and expression of Sikhi.

Young Adults

For self-development and specific life events in the journey of the individual, we provide content and programs to deepen the understanding and connection to Sikhi. Young adults especially are at a pivotal point when they embark on new paths for higher education, career or beginning their families.

Sidak is our leadership program, specifically intended for young adults (18-40).

Young Parents

Parents and adult caregivers are often seeking ways in which they can bring Gurbani alive for their children, to create an early and ongoing connection to Sikhi. Our programs have included workshops intended for young couples, through to events and content specifically for children and teens.

Sojhi is our program for creating products and developing curriculum for children.

Kids & Teens

We engage our young people through medium and message. With a rich presence on social media, we get in front of our youth on the channels like Instagram where they spend their most time. Also, look out for live events and specially facilitated webinars for teens.

Academics & Institutions

SikhRI has developed and delivered programs to create effective Gurduara boards by empowering its members to govern the Gurduara in accordance with Gurmat (Guru’s Wisdom) principles, and follow best practices for non-profits and charities. As well, we undertake research projects and develop materials to support the work of leaders in Sikh spaces.

The State of the Panth Report is our regularly published research on issues of interest to the global Sangat.

Workshop Formats

We deliver workshops flexibly, based on your community needs and specific objectives.

Mahima

For 3rd party events — events that are produced by you or organizers in your community — the Mahima format provides speakers to deliver a presentation for your selected topic or area of interest.

Saneha

For workshops produced by SikhRI, the Saneha format delivers one or more sessions, spanning from half day to multiple days, and featuring any number of SikhRI presenters.

Presenters & Facilitators

Contributor
Presenter

Ishmeet Kaur

Educationist, Author, & Poet

Dr. Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry teaches at the Centre for English Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. She was recognised as an Inspired Teacher for The President of India’s In-residence Program at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in June 2015.

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Harvinder Singh Phoolka

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Harvinder Singh Phoolka is a Senior Advocate of Delhi High Court, politician, human rights activist, and author. He served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.

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Harleen Kaur

Community Organizer, Educator, & Scholar

Harleen Kaur is a community organizer, educator, and scholar. A Sociology PhD candidate at UCLA, she studies the intersection of racialization, collective trauma, and nationalism through the story of the Sikh diaspora and our quest for belonging. 

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Hardev Singh Virk

Scientist, Educator & Author

Prof. Virk received his Masters in Physics from AMU, Aligarh (1963) and Doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Marie Curie University, Paris (France) in 1972. His research interests are manifold: Nuclear & Radiation Physics; Geochronology; Earthquakes & Environment; Ion Tracks & Nanotechnology; History & Philosophy of Science. 

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Gurpreet Kaur

VP of IT, Strategic Initiatives, Integra Life Science & Project Manager, Guru Granth Sahib Project

Gurpreet Kaur has been in the management consulting field for over 25 years. Gurpreet Kaur is a Board Chair at Kaur and Singh Academy, Board Member with Panjab Digital Library and Founder of Camp Nadar. 

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Gurmeet Kaur

Children's Author & Teacher

Gurmeet Kaur is a children’s author, storyteller, and teacher of the Punjabi language. 

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Gurleen Kaur

Education and Prevention Specialist, MIT

Gurleen Kaur is a 2017 Sidak Alum. She first became heavily engaged in conversations on gender disparities during her time at UC Berkeley where she and her college friends became co-founders of an initiative called Kaur Voices -- an event dedicated to giving space to the voices of Punjabi women through art, poetry, and performance. 

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Harpreet Singh

Scholar, South Asian Traditions & Languages

Harpreet Singh is a member of the faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in South Asian Religions from the Committee of the Study of Religion at Harvard in 2012.

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Presenter

Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Minister of Sikh Dharma

Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa has a great love for the mystical traditions of the East. Her other great love is writing. These two loves come together in her translations of Gurbani. She graduated in 1992 from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and a concentration in English Literature. 

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Diditi Mitra

Sociology Professor, Brookdale Community College

Diditi Mitra teaches at Brookdale Community College. Her research focuses on race and immigration. 

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Deanna Singh

Chief Change Agent & Founder, Flying Elephant

Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities. As Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant, Deanna is a highly respected thought leader, who has spent almost 20 years researching, designing and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. Today she travels the world inspiring and educating audiences.

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Dalvir Singh Pannu

Dentist

Dr. Dalvir Singh Pannu is an award-winning dentist and founder of Pannu Dental Group which has multiple locations in Bay Area, California. 

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Birinder Singh Narang

Family Physician

Dr. Birinder Singh Narang is a Family Physician working in Vancouver, British Columbia. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice and is a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. 

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Balraj Singh Mann

Chairman & CEO, BM Group International (BMG)

Balraj Singh Mann is the Chairman and CEO of BM Group International (BMG). Starting from Lower Mainland, BC, Canada, BMG has expanded operations into other parts of Canada, USA, and India and provides specialty construction, construction materials supply, and real estate development services. 

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Contributor
Presenter

Amarpreet Singh Sawhney

CEO, Instylla

Dr. Amarpreet Singh Sawhney is the CEO of Instylla, a company focused on embolic therapies for hypervascular tumors and control of hemorrhage. He was previously the Founder and CEO of Ocular Therapeutix, Augmenix, Confluent Surgical, and the technology founder of Focal and Access Closure. 

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Presenter

Amandeep Sandhu

Journalist & Author

Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela, Odisha. He completed his Master’s in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. He worked as a journalist and later as a technical writer.

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Presenter

Jasjit Singh

Researcher in Religious and Cultural Transmission, University of Leeds

Jasjit Singh is an Associate Professor based at the University of Leeds. His research examines religion in society with a particular focus on religious identity and processes of religious and cultural transmission among Sikhs in Diaspora. 

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Presenter

Ami Dang

Vocalist, Sitarist, & Composer

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a vocalist, sitarist, and composer/producer from Baltimore, MD, and her family hails from Panjab & New Delhi, India.

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Presenter
Contributor

Daljit Ami

Filmmaker & Writer

Daljit Ami is an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance writer. He works with Panjab Digital Library as Director of Communications. 

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Current Board
Presenter

Inderpreet Singh

Principal Solutions Architect

Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional focusing on cloud, networking, security, and solution architecture.

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Current Board
Presenter

Pritpal Singh

Physician Executive, Cigna

Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Physician Executive with Cigna where he serves as a Mentor to Health Management teams by providing Clinical insight, Educational support, and HealthCare solutions & strategies. 

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Current Board
Presenter

Kulvir Singh Gill

Management Consultant

Kulvir Singh Gill has almost 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, sustainability and business strategy. 

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Staff
Presenter

Harinder Singh

Senior Fellow, Research & Policy

Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. 

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Staff
Sojhi
Presenter

Jasleen Kaur

Researcher

Jasleen is a double UVA grad in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry. She is currently working as a Researcher with SikhRI. 

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Staff
Presenter
Sojhi

Inni Kaur

Creative Director

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. 

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Upcoming Events

Saturday
,
24
April
2021

Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs: Bhai Mani Singh & Baba Dip Singh

Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Dip Singh were leaders, scholars, and warriors. They played significant leadership roles in the community post-Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, keeping the Panth united under challenging circumstances. They were master scholars, some of the greatest in Sikh history, and created a scholarly tradition that still resonates in the community to this day. They were great warriors, fully living up to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s standard of the Warrior-Saint. And both sacrificed themselves for the Panth, becoming martyrs whose Shahidi has inspired generations of Sikhs. Join us as we explore the lives and legacy of these two preeminent Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs.

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Sunday
,
25
July
2021

Sidak 2021

Khalsa Centre Miracle Valley

Experience — strengthen your connection to the Sikh faith while developing your leadership skills in life.Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards the Sikh faith. This two-week intensive immersion into the Sikh culture, language, values and community is held annually in the summer. Sidak is available for adults 18-40 years old (17 year olds that have completed high school are considered). Learn more about Sidak at our website: sikhri.org/sidak Application to Sidak Space is limited, so applications are reviewed as they are received. All applicants are subject to review by the Sidak Admissions Committee. Fees are refundable only if the applicant is not accepted into the program. Paying the Deposit vs. Paying Full Price Unless you are paying your $150 deposit for General Registration, you are required to pay the full cost for your registration. General registration is the only registration type that allows for a deposit to be paid in advance and the remaining cost at a later date. Financial Assistance Available Money should not be a barrier to connection and deepening your journey in Sikhi. For those requiring financial assistance to attend Sidak, we provide a simple process to make an application for financial assistance, which is subject to review by the Sidak Admissions Committee. Simply click "Register" and select "Financial Assistance" as your registration type.

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
24
April
2021

Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs: Bhai Mani Singh & Baba Dip Singh

Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Dip Singh were leaders, scholars, and warriors. They played significant leadership roles in the community post-Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, keeping the Panth united under challenging circumstances. They were master scholars, some of the greatest in Sikh history, and created a scholarly tradition that still resonates in the community to this day. They were great warriors, fully living up to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s standard of the Warrior-Saint. And both sacrificed themselves for the Panth, becoming martyrs whose Shahidi has inspired generations of Sikhs. Join us as we explore the lives and legacy of these two preeminent Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs.

Learn more ⟶
Saturday
,
24
April
2021

Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs: Bhai Mani Singh & Baba Dip Singh

Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Dip Singh were leaders, scholars, and warriors. They played significant leadership roles in the community post-Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, keeping the Panth united under challenging circumstances. They were master scholars, some of the greatest in Sikh history, and created a scholarly tradition that still resonates in the community to this day. They were great warriors, fully living up to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s standard of the Warrior-Saint. And both sacrificed themselves for the Panth, becoming martyrs whose Shahidi has inspired generations of Sikhs. Join us as we explore the lives and legacy of these two preeminent Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs.

Learn more ⟶
Sunday
,
25
July
2021

Sidak 2021

Khalsa Centre Miracle Valley

Experience — strengthen your connection to the Sikh faith while developing your leadership skills in life.Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards the Sikh faith. This two-week intensive immersion into the Sikh culture, language, values and community is held annually in the summer. Sidak is available for adults 18-40 years old (17 year olds that have completed high school are considered). Learn more about Sidak at our website: sikhri.org/sidak Application to Sidak Space is limited, so applications are reviewed as they are received. All applicants are subject to review by the Sidak Admissions Committee. Fees are refundable only if the applicant is not accepted into the program. Paying the Deposit vs. Paying Full Price Unless you are paying your $150 deposit for General Registration, you are required to pay the full cost for your registration. General registration is the only registration type that allows for a deposit to be paid in advance and the remaining cost at a later date. Financial Assistance Available Money should not be a barrier to connection and deepening your journey in Sikhi. For those requiring financial assistance to attend Sidak, we provide a simple process to make an application for financial assistance, which is subject to review by the Sidak Admissions Committee. Simply click "Register" and select "Financial Assistance" as your registration type.

Learn more ⟶
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