We want to hear about your experiences as a Sikh student in U.S. public schools!
What: Kaur Foundation is committed to supporting Sikh students by creating classroom materials and providing teacher education about the Sikh tradition. This project is going directly to the source and conducting interviews with Sikh students to learn about their experiences, what they want their teachers and peers to know, and what forms of cultural and religious literacy education they would like to see in their schools. We will eventually be expanding the project to conduct interviews with parents and educators to gather additional perspectives.
Who: This project is open to individuals who identify as Sikh and are currently enrolled in a public school (grades 6-12) in the United States, or were enrolled in a public school in the United States within the past 4 years.
How: Interviews will be conducted via video conference at a mutually agreed time. Interviews are expected to last 45-60 minutes.
Bonus: The first 30 participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card after completing the interview.
For additional questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com
I am a parent of Sikh students in U.S. public schools and would like to share my perspective and experiences. Or, I am a teacher in U.S. public schools. Can I participate?
We are starting with interviews of current and recent students to keep the project focused and manageable. If you would like to be notified when we begin to interview parents and educators, please provide your information here and we will reach out when we begin the next stage of our project. You can also sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
How is this project different from the Youth Voices series?
The Youth Voices series aimed to capture portraits of young Sikh Americans working and studying in many different fields. The main goal of this project is to better understand how Kaur Foundation can support students in U.S. public schools. Therefore, the majority of the content gathered will be used internally to inform our work and planning. While we may share short video experts of the interviews as a part of our educational materials, we are not creating full profiles or narratives about each of the participants.
How will these interviews be used?
The primary purpose of this project is to develop a better understanding of Sikh students’ experiences in public schools in the United States. Kaur Foundation will use these insights to inform the creation of educational materials to increase the public understanding about the Sikh-American experience and cultural and religious literacy in general. With your permission, we may use quotes or short video excerpts from your interview as a part of these educational materials, including educational content on the Kaur Foundation website and social media.
What are you going to ask me about?
Our questions include:
What if I want to contribute, but I don’t want to be filmed?
We definitely still want to talk to you! If you do not want the video or audio of your interview to be used on any public sites, we can stick to just using written quotations from your interview. Learning more about your experiences is the most important part of this project.
We cannot guarantee that everyone who submits a volunteer form will be interviewed. While we hope to interview as many people as possible, we also want to ensure that we hear from individuals from across the country, as well as different ages and genders. If you do not hear back from us within a week of submitting your information, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.