Saheli and ISW organize “Challenges in Parenting” workshops

by Geethika Bathini, Saheli volunteer

Saheli recently partnered with the India Society of Worcester to put on the Challenging in Parenting Workshops. The event consisted of two workshops. The first workshop, Raising Children in a Digital Age, was led by Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner. Uma Chandrika Millner, Ph.D. is a South Asian psychologist, a professor at Lesley University, and a full-time mom. She has many years of experience counseling South Asian individuals and families and is very interested in learning about how South Asian families maintain relationships at a time when social media presence has taken prominence in our lives.

The second workshop, Bringing Up Resilient Teenagers in Dual Culture, was co-presented by Shubh Agrawal and Geethika Bathini. Shubh has supported students in Boston Public Schools, through tutoring, mentoring, and school counseling. She currently works as a counselor at Worcester Academy, and her counseling interests address the intersectionality of student and staff identities and how it impacts our experiences. She holds a license in K-12 School Counseling from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Geethika is a recent high school graduate from Worcester Academy where she was involved in diversity work. She has initiated an affinity group for South Asian Students on campus.

The presenters also included a panel consisting of teenagers and two parents. We were able to have some challenging conversations and spark meaningful dialogues about parenting and the South Asian experience in America. Having teens on the panel offered a “kid’s perspective” on parenting and growing up in American, which the attendees were eager to hear. We are happy to share that the event was very successful and look forward to collaborating with India Society of Worcester in the future for more workshops!

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