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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Diversity in the U.S. Military and the Contributions of the Sikh-American Community” with the Sikh American Veterans Alliance on Friday, April 27, 2018

“Diversity in the U.S. Military and the Contributions of the Sikh-American Community” with the Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA), will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The program will include a viewing of the SikhLens and Chapman University’s documentary short film, “All Quiet on the Home Front,” which shows the struggles of Bhagat Singh Thind as one of the first Sikhs to serve in the U.S. Army. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the core values of both Sikhism and military service, as well as the challenges and opportunities for broader diversity in the U.S. armed forces. The program will conclude with a classical music performance and reception to mark the celebration of Vaisakhi, the South Asian harvest festival and the birthday of the Sikh faith.
The event is presented by the Dean’s Forum and the Strategic Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Welcome: The Opportunity and Challenge of Sikh Military Service
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Diversity Policy and Implementation for Modern Military
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Musical Performance & Reception: A Celebration of Vasaikhi
Recognition of Mike Green and Truman National Security Project
Lieutenant General Mark Herling, Retired
Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
LTC Kamal S. Kalsi, D.O., FACEP, U.S.A.R.
President, Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA)
Rob Park
Former Special Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Tammy S. Schultz
Director of National Security and Joint Warfare and a Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Marine Corps War College
Shamila Chaudhary
Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
Time and Date
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting “Media” on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 1 - 2:00 p.m.
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
[email protected]
About the Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA)
The Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA) seeks to mobilize community members and policymakers to: promote the core values of loyalty, unity, and selfless service intrinsic to both Sikhism and military service; fight religious extremism and intolerance; and strengthen the military by promoting inclusion and fostering a diverse force.
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About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Monday, April 23, 2018