Simran Jeet Singh named Columbia’s first-ever Sikh religious adviser

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Educator and activist Simran Jeet Singh, GSAS ’08, ’12, and ’16, has been appointed as Columbia’s first-ever Sikh Religious Life Adviser.

Singh will join Columbia’s 15 other Religious Life Advisers, clergy and spiritual advisers that oversee Columbia’s various faith groups with support from “sending organizations” outside of the University. Singh—whose sending organization is the Sikh Coalition, a New York-based civil rights organization—will provide Sikh students with direct spiritual counseling and organized programming.

“It’s a very long time coming, and it’s going to be really great for Sikh students on this campus to feel like they have a place here,” former co-president of CU Sewa Anmolpreet Kandola, CC ’19, said. “That their religion doesn’t have to be this constantly other-ed thing that they constantly have to explain. … They won’t feel like they’re alone.”

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