You're Invited: HAF’s Annual Silicon Valley Gala
First stop Tri Valley, second stop Sacramemto, last stop Silicon Valley! Join us to conclude California’s Hindu American journey at HAF’s Annual Silicon Valley Gala. Get ready for an evening of delicious food and entertainment from the best in the valley, conversations with filmmaker Shalini Kantayya on her Hindu American journey, and updates on HAF’s advocacy efforts.
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Place: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, California 95035
Tickets: Buy tickets here
- General admission: $150
- Exclusive table of 10: $2000
- Children (18 and under): Free
Shereen Bhalla is HAF’s Director of Education based in Washington, DC. Dr. Bhalla holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University, an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University, and a PhD in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Prior to joining HAF, she was the Online Manager and Research Associate for the Center for Applied Linguistics. An advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse students, Dr. Bhalla has over ten years of experience teaching both English learners as well as pre-and in-service educators on how to best meet the needs of their students. Dr. Bhalla has taught for UTSA, George Washington University, the Inter-Development Bank and Johns Hopkins University.
Samir Kalra, Esq., Managing Director based in the Bay Area, CA, holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Kalra leads the Foundation's human rights advocacy efforts and has served as a panelist at the National Press Club and multiple Congressional briefings on human rights and religious freedom in South Asia. In January 2013, Mr. Kalra conducted a one week human rights fact finding mission at refugee camps in Jodhpur, India that house Pakistani Hindu refugees. He authored the Foreword for a book on Bangladesh entitled A Quiet Case of Ethnic Cleansing: The Murder of Bangladesh's Hindus. Mr. Kalra authored formal comments to the FBI's Advisory Policy Board to support the addition of an anti-Hindu hate crime category to the FBI's data collection program, and he submitted on the record testimony to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing in 2012 on "Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism." He serves as a member of Rep. Eric Swalwell's (D-CA) Immigration Advisory Committee and is a member of the American Society of International Law and the South Asian Bar Association. He is also an Advisor/Contributor at The Interfaith Observer Journal and is involved with the Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project.