2018 SAHC

The George Washington University Presents

South Asian Heritage Celebration

RED, WHITE, & BROWN: The Audacity of Equality


Friday, March 2


Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom ǀ 7pm

Celebrate with us as we honor the opening of South Asian Heritage Celebration at GW! Celebrate the vibrant culture, customs, and colors of Pakistan! With both traditional and modern performances, mehndi, food, and more, come experience and learn more about the diversity of Pakistan, the different regions, and its people. This event is open to everyone! Feel free to wear your cultural attire.


Monday, March 5

Queer & Brown: Untangling the LGBTQ+ South Asian Experience

District House, Room B205 ǀ 6pm

Often, the individual narratives of LGBTQ+ South Asians are erased or generalized in the face of a larger movement. Join us for a fishbowl discussion on sex, relationships, colorism, and other important topics faced by queer South Asian students.


Tuesday, March 6

Painting a New Picture: The Role of South Asian Artwork in Diaspora

Marvin Center, Room 309 ǀ 7pm

Experience a showcase and discussion surrounding the work of South Asian artists. We hope to discover how their art reflects their South Asian American experience, as well as how it represents major social and political movements, particularly feminism and colorism.


Wednesday, March 7

REAL Conversations: Where do We Fit? A South Asian American Story

District House, Room B118 ǀ 6:30pm

Come listen to your peers share how they have felt hierarchy, colorism and ethnicism in their own lives, as we explore the tension and prejudice that exists between East Asian Americans and South Asian Americans. 


Wednesday, March 21

Past, Present, & Future of LGBTQ Rights in South Asian

Marvin Center, Amphitheater ǀ 7:30pm

LGBTQ narratives in South Asia are riddled with overarching notions of religion, culture, masculinity, and the shadow of colonialism. Our panel discussion seeks to bring visibility to the minority within the minority (i.e. queer south Asians), hosted by a prominent queer celebrity and GW alum.


Monday, March 26

Keynote Address: Valarie Kaur

Media & Public Building, Jack Morton Auditorium ǀ 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, March 27

Balancing Religion: Being Religious in a Secular Space

Marvin Center, Room 413 ǀ 7pm

Through our panel, followers and those who have expertise in various religions and faiths will discuss how one can balance their faith and spirituality on a secular campus.


Thursday, March 29

Culture not Coachella: Addressing Misrepresentation of Indian Culture

Kogan Plaza ǀ 4pm

Indian culture is often appropriated at times in American culture and our goal is to educate them about our values. This event will exemplify our Indian culture through a fashion show combined with a South Asian Bazaar.  We plan to have live performances from dance groups from the D.C area, food from local Indian vendors, fashion stalls from local vendors in the DMV area, as well as a henna and eyebrow threading station.


Friday, March 30

Bone Marrow Drive with Be the Match

Square 80 ǀ 1:30pm

Bone marrow for patients is in high demand but the registry of possible donors is very low. Come to Kogan to see if you are an eligible donor. There will be no actual donation.  Just a harmless test to see if you can save someone's life. 


Friday, March 30

Charity Formal

Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom ǀ 7:30pm

Join us for our annual Charity Formal! The event will feature a full South Asian dinner, a cash bar, performances, music, dancing, & more! Proceeds will benefit SAALT, or South Asian Americans Leading Together, which is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of all South Asians in the United States.


Saturday, March 31

Punjab Day Mela

Kogan Plaza ǀ 12pm

We are proud to announce our most awaited event of the semester- Punjab Day Mela! Join us for FREE food, turban tying, Gatka (Sikh martial arts), Bhangra performances, and a chance to learn about Sikhism and Punjabi culture! Rain location: District House, Room B205


Saturday, April 7

Bhangra Blowout 25

Lisner Auditorium ǀ 7pm

Bhangra Blowout is the oldest intercollegiate bhangra competition in the country and stands as one of the largest South Asian competitions in the country. Bhangra is an exciting, beat-intensive music and folk dance style, originating hundreds of years ago in the Punjab region of South Asia. Each year, Bhangra Blowout supports a charity to which a portion of the proceeds from the show go. This year, the board has chosen to support The Malala Fund, and its mission of empowering girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education. 


Sponsored By:

Pakistani Students Association, Indian Students’ Association, Hindu Student Association, Sikh Students’ Association, Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc., South Asian Society, GW Raas, GW Bhangra, Allied in Pride, GW Student Association, International Services Office, and GW Student Association.