Greetings! I am Jassi Singh, a recent graduate of California State University, Fresno. I incorporated creative approaches to human rights in undergrad, including the arts, archival resources, and documentary work. I have a proven track record of generating and building relationships, managing projects from concept to completion, designing educational strategies, and mentoring peers to success.
I fondly remember growing up on Palo Alto Avenue, one of eight, in an apartment complex that fell into a wealthy education district. Every neighbor was either Black, Indian, Hmong, or Mexican, except for the landlord, for some reason. I saw all those faces of color, and I saw how happy everybody was—these folks who had been historically disenfranchised. As a young man, it made me feel a sense of hope. It made me feel proud to be an American, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our young nation. Even though I grew up with fewer resources than my peers, I think of my family members in the villages of the Indian state of Punjab, who grew up with even less. I wish...
As a J.D. candidate, my first step is developing analytical and strategic thinking to apply knowledge to real-world problems. Ultimately, my goal is preparation for a future in which I can apply knowledge in a human rights career and life as an engaged citizen.
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A legal career will allow me to build upon the matter most relevant to my upbringing - the contributions to human rights brought forth by my late grandfather, Jaswant Singh Khalra. I want to bring light to the ongoing human rights atrocities in India that lead to my grandfather’s murder.