Simran Jeet Singh

Teaching Anti-Racism the Sikh Way.

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who speaks regularly on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Simran is currently based at Union Seminary, and he’s the first Sikh wire-service columnist in US history. He is the author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Run a Marathon, which is the first-ever children’s book from a major publisher (Penguin Random House) to center a Sikh story. Simran is also writing an adult non-fiction book for Riverhead (Penguin Random House) on Sikh wisdom to help navigate today’s contentious world.


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Teaching Anti-Racism the Sikh Way.

While he is an accomplished professor with graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia, Simran uses personal stories, dad-jokes, and a love for pop culture to connect with people where they are. That’s because he understands that marginalized groups will not lecture their way into dignity and that empathy is really built when we connect with one another as human beings. Simran connects with a diversity of audiences by bantering on Twitter (where he has 80,000+ followers), doing on-air commentary on programs like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and hosting Spirited, a new podcast on faith and spirituality. Audiences are disarmed by Simran’s humor and inspired by his hopeful vision for a more loving, peaceful world.

In June 2020, he launched a new YouTube series via Religion News Service “Becoming Less Racist: Lighting the Path to Anti-Racism.”Guests have included Rev Jacqui Lewis, Austin Channing Brown, and  Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Current Appointments:

  • Visiting Professor, Union Seminary
  • Columnist, Religion News Service
  • Host, ‘Spirited’
  • Senior Fellow, Sikh Coalition
  • Chaplain, New York University & Columbia University
  • Governor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Interfaith Advisory Council

Our speakers get attention.

  • How Hate Gets Counted
    DO American Sikhs count?
  • Fauja Singh Keeps Going
    The true story of the oldest person to ever run a marathon.
  • Simran Jeet Singh A Simple Way to Shatter Stereotypes
    In Sikhism there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as…
    Running in his fifth New York City marathon last week, Sikh activist and religion scholar Simran Jeet Singh had the joy of seeing his adopted city at street level, through…
  • Responding to Hate with Grace
    Simran Jeet Singh was running home from his office at New York University when he heard the slur. His first impulse was to ignore it as he had so many…
  • One Man Called Another a Racial Slur. Then They Shook Hands.
    Simran Jeet Singh is Sikh and has been on the receiving end of racial hate many times. But recently, as he jogged through Riverside Park in Manhattan, he knew how…

We, Darien Library, cannot thank you enough for your presentation this evening! It was stellar in every sense. Your generosity in sharing your own experience was exceptional, and sure to have broken down the walls of even the most resistant. The topics of representation, racism, diversity and inclusion are often overwhelming...yet by reducing it to the humanity that resides in each of us, allows all of us to be on the same footing. I cannot think of a better place to begin. In the meantime, thank you for a genuinely inspiring event.

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