About Kaur Life
Established in 2014, Kaur Life is a registered, non-profit, online magazine, striving to be the premier Sikh women’s publication. It is infused with gurmat and tailored for young Kaurs (Sikh women). Kaur Life hopes to be a space where Kaurs can express their ideas, share stories, and learn more about their Sikh culture to empower themselves.
Kaur Life is primarily user-run, meaning that the public and Kaur Life readers submit content to be published on the website. Whether it’s art, poetry, music, journal entries, articles or photography, Kaur Life wants to feature it. We are always on the search for contributors. For more information view the “Submit Your Work” page.
Kaur Life emerged out of Kaur Thoughts, a blog started in 2012 that was dedicated to exploring Sikhi, kesh, gender, bana, fashion, and being a woman. Lakhpreet started Kaur Thoughts because she felt there was a need for an online resource for Kaurs to explore women-specific issues, interact with each other, and be inspired by high-achieving Kaurs. To learn more about the evolution of Kaur Thoughts, listen to the Art of Change podcast where Sukhneet Singh interviews Lakhpreet on her journey.
A special thanks to the Sikh Spirit Foundation. Their generous support made Kaur Life possible!
Kaur Life’s Mission
- to provide Kaurs (Sikh Women) with resources to guide them on their Sikh journey
- to capture and document narratives, experiences, and histories of Sikh women
- to feature examples of high-achieving Kaurs to inspire other Kaurs
- to develop thought-provoking articles that facilitate discussion on Kaur-issues
- to create a community of belonging and friendship of Kaurs that facilitates growth, partnership, and teamwork
Kaur Life’s Vision
To have a world where:
- Kaurs are empowered with self-confidence and the spirit of Sikhi to embrace challenges and pursue their dreams
- Kaurs are supported and celebrated in every aspect of life
- Kaurs are steadfast and solid in their identity as Sikh women
- Kaurs have the opportunity to live up to their full potential
Kaur Life’s Values
These are fundamental beliefs of Kaur Life and the principles that guide our actions.
- Integrity: We strive to be honest in our writing: making sure our actions, thoughts, and products are all consistent with our values. We strive to make sure that we attribute ideas to their owners and are accurate in their presentation. In this manner, we strive for excellence and truth through thoughtful and mindful actions.
- Courage: We strive to be fearless in our pursuit for truth and presenting creative and original ideas. We believe the freedom of thought and imagination leads to originality and boldness.
- Open-mindedness: We strive to present all points of view and provide a platform for diverse opinions, which we hope, will lead to awareness, curiosity, and discovery though learning.
- Compassion: We strive to be thoughtful and respectful of all opinions and treat everyone with love while recognizing their Divine Light.
- Gratitude: We strive to operate with a mindset of thankfulness, gratefulness, and appreciation for our readers, our sangat, our panth, our benefactors, our patrons, our supporters, the Singhs and Kaurs of our history, and Waheguru. We try to acknowledge the gifts and opportunities they have provided us in order to make Kaur Life a reality.
Kaur Life Team
Lakhpreet Kaur, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Lakhpreet Kaur is the founder and editor-in-chief for Kaur Life. Kaur grew up going to Camp Sikh Virsa and several other camps around North America. It was here, along with stories and conversations with her parents, that she learned about Sikhi. Kaur earned a BA in Political Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MA in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and did a year of post-graduate studies at American University studying international relations. Kaur is also a freelance writer and has been published on NBC News, Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, and other online journals.
Harleen Kaur, Board Member
Harleen Kaur is a first-year Sociology PhD student at the University of California Los Angeles where she examines the “becoming” of the US Sikh diaspora and how its sense of collective identity has been contextualized within a framework of traumatic violence. Drawing inspiration from Sikh history and Gurbani. Kaur has cultivated her understanding of the connection between Sikh liberation and that of other communities in the United States and globally. As a member of the Kaur Life Board of Directors, Kaur aims to bring these same values and visions to Kaur Life as she hopes to uplift the collective and individual voices of Sikh women and non-binary individuals in order to create a more inclusive and progressive Sikh diaspora.
Isha Kaur, Board Member
Isha Kaur is passionate about mentoring the next generation of Sikhs, and has organized and attended multiple Sikh camps and workshops in Chicago, New York, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. She founded and regularly organizes Camp Sadh Sangat in San Antonio and is a lead facilitator for Camp Sikh Virsa in Chicago. Through these various camps and workshops, Kaur has engaged youth ages 7 and older on tough topics that are important to the Sikh Panth, including topics on kesh, taking Amrit, gender roles, seva, among many others.
Kaur has also fostered a successful career as a marketing consultant in Austin, TX. She currently works at Silicon Labs, where is responsible for the execution of marketing automation, data quality and lead management practices, and is also developing her own marketing firm, Kaur Consulting Group. Kaur graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing and is on track to completing her Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management by August of 2018. In her spare time, she also volunteers with the Communications Committee for the Young Women’s Alliance in Austin.
Mohan Singh Dhariwal, Board Member
Mohan S. Dhariwal, DO, PhD, is an internal medicine physician and clinical director with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he specializes in health maintenance and disease prevention. His Sikhi, coupled with his holistic medical approach, made him interested in the power of meditation as a tool for healing, longevity and quality of life improvement. Dhariwal is a graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Dhariwal also received a PhD degree from the University of Birmingham, England. His patient care emphasis is in preventive medicine and the treatment of diabetes. Dr. Dhariwal served as a gurmat-camp organizer with Sikh Virsa for over 15 years. His seva also includes weekly gurdwara kirtan and educational lectures on Sikhi.
Prabhjot Singh, Board Member [Leave of Absence]
Dr. Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD is Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as Special Advisor for Strategy and Design at the Peterson Center for Healthcare. He is also an attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and volunteers in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood. Dr. Singh is the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise (Johns Hopkins Press). His next books focus on last mile health (Columbia University Press, with Raj Panjabi) and how to invest in better healthcare (Columbia Business School Press, with Niyum Gandhi).
Dr. Singh has focused his career on community building and empowerment initiatives, particularly those that feature gender inclusion. His a non-profit board member of the Auburn Seminary and Kaur Life.
Sukhjinder Kaur, Board Member
Sukhjinder Kaur is a public school educator from Milwaukee, WI. She was awarded the 2013 Change Maker Award by SAALT. The Sikh Coalition nominated Ms. Dhariwal for this award for her seva on behalf of the Oak Creek Sikh community following 2012 mass shooting. “Ms. Dhariwal emerged as a powerful community advocate and provided crucial links between the government and the Sikh American community, and ensured that all victims and survivors had access to necessary services and were made aware of their options,” said Sikh Coalition. She was also awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice for her, “outstanding service on behalf of crime victims and in promotion of the interests of justice.” Additionally, Ms. Dhariwal’s seva extends to Sikh camps. For over 15 years volunteered as a gurmat-camp organizer with Sikh Virsa.
There are over 100 Sikh women and men who have written for or contribute to Kaur Life and we thank them for their seva. Kaur Life is completely user run so, only with these writers does Kaur Life exist. Whether it’s art, poetry, music, journal entries, articles or photography, Kaur Life wants to feature it. We are always on the search for contributors. For more information view the “Submit Your Work” page.
Also, we send out a big “Thank You” to all of our readers and the Kaur Life virtual sangat!
Kaur Life in the Media
- “Writing Sikh History,” by Trine Lejon in Vårt Land
- “South Asian Millennial Conference,” by Saloni Gajjar.
- “Q and A with Kaur Life’s Editor-in-Chief, Lakhpreet Kaur,” by Sikh Love Stories.
- “New Online Magazine, Kaur Life, Creates a Splash of Empowerment for Sikh Women,” by Simran Jeet Singh on Brown Girl Magazine.
- “Kaur Life: Inspiring Lioness Queens to Rule the World,” by Harleen Kaur on Langar Hall.
- “Kaur Life,” by Harleen Kaur of Kaur Films.
- “Creating Kaur Thoughts to Empower Sikh Women,” by Sukhneet Singh on The Art of Change.
Kaur Life Presentations
The following talks were given by Lakhpreet Kaur as a representative of Kaur Life:
- The Power of Storytelling in Building Community | March 2016: Discussed the ways sharing stories can build community across time and space amongst Sikh women as a part of the University of Toronto St. George event, “Women and Sikhism.”
- Challenging the Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer Stereotype | Feb 2016: Shared the development of Kaur Life on a this panel as a part of the South Asian Millennials Conference at Columbia University.
- Sikhs in America | Feb 2015: An introduction to the Sikh tradition with Simran Singh, Senior Religion Fellow of the Sikh Coalition, at the Institute of Texan Cultures for its new exhibit, “Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab“.
- Kaur Life | Nov 2014: A discussion of Sikh women in the media and opportunities for representation. Given at SAFAR’s Sikh Feminist Research InstituteConference in Ann Arbor, MI.
- Vision & Grit | June 2014: Brownbag talk for the 2014 Sikh Coalition interns in New York City.
- Creating a Better Version of Yourself | March 2014: A workshop that drew on Sikh history and gurbani for self esteem improvement given at “Inspiring the Core of the Kaur: Michigan Women’s’ Retreat”
- Guru, Kaur & Dastar | Feb 2014: An exploration of breaking conventional gender norms by adopting religious icons as a form of agency. Presented at the SikholarsGraduate Student Conference at Stanford University.