“The system is rigged: America’s government remains overwhelmingly white, male, and Christian. In People Like Us, Sayu Bhojwani shares the stories of diverse politicians who are challenging the status quo and blazing a path for others.
Join Sayu and Arizona State Representatives Isela Blanc and Athena Salman, who will discuss the road towards a truly inclusive and multiracial democracy.
SAYU BHOJWANI is the Founder and President of New American Leaders, which works across the country to build the power and potential of first- and second-generation Americans. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Sayu earned a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where her research focused on immigrant political participation. Her TED talk focuses on the importance of immigrants to American democracy, and her work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times . Her book, People Like Us: Knocking at Democracy’s Door, will be published by The New Press in October 2018. An immigrant of Indian descent, she grew up in Belize and now lives in New York City with her husband and child.
About New American Leaders:
At New American Leaders, we believe our democracy is stronger when everyone participates. We work with the best and brightest from African, Arab, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino and Caribbean American communities to transform them into effective candidates and the inspiring leaders their communities need. From City Council to Congress, NAL is creating and working alongside the rising stars of American politics.