About The United Sikh Association
One of the first Sikh Student Associations in the tri-state area, the United Sikh Association was pioneered by Vandeep Singh in 1991. With only a handful of Sikhs at NYU, the club originally received permission by NYU to run as a cultural organization. In fact, establishing the NYU Bhangra team has been one of USA’s most remarkable achievements.
Each year inspiring role-models and leaders have taken the responsibility of USA in their hands. Each executive board has brought forth new ideas and taken Sikhism to a new level at NYU. As the years went on, the club no longer only hosted bi-weekly meetings and had a budget of a couple of hundred dollars. Instead, USA established a sangat at NYU and encouraged community service with events such as annual Himmat retreat, alumni nights, open-mic nights, annual tri-state keertan darbars, and feed the homeless sandwich drives. Membership increased greatly with at least five new dedicated members a year.
Today, USA at NYU stands to create a friendly environment and community for all Sikhs at NYU, instilling confidence and encouragement in its members and most importantly, making Sikhism mainstream at the NYU campus – combating ignorance and spreading awareness.