Mallika Kaur is a lawyer and writer who focuses on international human rights with particular attention to gender and minority issues. She has worked extensively on issues including post-9/11 violence, policing practices, political asylum, and racial discrimination. In South Asia, Mallika has worked on a range of issues including farmer suicides, female feticide and transitional and transformative justice. Mallika has worked with victim-survivors of gendered violence since 2003, including as a rape crisis counselor, expert on family violence, and courtroom attorney. Working with local civil society, academic institutions, advocacy organizations, and government agencies, she combines research, advocacy, scholarship, and the law as an approach towards sustainable change. Mallika holds a Master in Public Policy from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she is currently a Lecturer.
Bitika is a California native, who loves chai and hiking. A medical student who's passionate about making a difference, Bitika actively works towards increasing access to care for low-income, immigrant, and disabled populations across the United States. At SFC, she focuses her efforts on health economics and improving resources in light of the changing healthcare climate, and its trickle down implications on more vulnerable communities.
Dr. Gurpreet Kaur Padam, MD aspires to master both the art and science of medicine. She is a board certified Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician with Postdoctoral Palliative Care Fellowship training from the Stanford and VA Palo Alto program. Additionally, she also completed a Postdoctoral mini-fellowship in Ethno Geriatrics from the Stanford Geriatric Education Center to garner skills in serving ethnic elders while understanding the unique cultural and linguistic barriers to the delivery of culturally competent medicine to multi-ethnic patients and families.
She believes in a life of service to others and is a founding member of Guru Nanak Free Medical Clinic at the San Jose Gurdwara, which now is now staffed and managed by volunteer physicians from the community to aid those in need or do not have medical insurance. She relishes the tenderness of the physician-patient relationship and is a published author of a book chapter and medical humanities articles, which allow creative expression. Parallel to spending time with her family, her work as adult medicine and hospice physician specialist and her community service are her greatest joy and source of contentment.
As a Founding Board Member of the Sikh Family Center she helps promote healthy families in the Sikh American community by closing current gaps in access to resources and increasing community awareness through health education, raising chronic illness awareness and advocating for physical and mental health. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Deep Kaur Jodhka is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law and works as a disability rights attorney with a focus on providing legal services and economic justice advocacy for formerly incarcerated people and their families. Deep recognizes that meaningful access to resources is foundational for the stability and security of our diverse families.