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Maulik Pancholy to Keynote the
2019 SABA Foundation Benefit

Friday, June 21, 2019
5:45 - 7:45 PM

We are excited to announce our 2019 Foundation Hero Award recipient and keynote speaker for the Foundation Benefit, Maulik Pancholy!

The SABA Foundation Hero award recognizes individuals who have raised awareness and improved the lives of South Asians in North America. We truly appreciate the work Maulik has done raising awareness of bullying of AAPI and LGBTQI youth, outlined in detail below.

He is an actor, writer, and activist who is a long-time advocate for the AAPI and LGBTQI communities and is the co-founder of Act to Change, an anti-bullying organization. As an actor, he is known for playing Jonathan on NBC’s award-winning comedy 30 Rock, Sanjay on the Showtime hit series Weeds, and Neal on the NBC comedy Whitney. His debut novel, The Best At It, comes out this fall.

As part of President Obama's White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Maulik co-founded #ActToChange, a national public awareness campaign on bullying prevention among youth — including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Sikh, Muslim, LGBTQI, and immigrant youth. 

The campaign aims to empower students, families, and educators with the knowledge and tools needed to help stop and prevent bullying in our communities. Since its founding, #ActToChange has transformed into a grassroots movement, led by Maulik. It is working to address the challenges that the AAPI community — which includes Muslim, Sikh, immigrant, limited English proficient, and LBGTQI youth — face in the midst of an increasingly anti-immigrant and xenophobic political climate. Kids and teens are being increasingly bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help.

#ActToChange is building on its history of success over the past two years and aims to continue empowering students, families, and educators with the knowledge and tools they need to help stop and prevent bullying in their communities. Bullying is a problem that affects us all and we must act together to put an end to it.

SABA Foundation is thrilled to honor Maulik's accomplishments at the Foundation Benefit, where its 2019 annual grants will also be presented.