Simran Jeet Singh is a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist. He is a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundation, a Racial Equity Media Fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core, and a Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. He also hosts two shows: a video web series titled Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice and Spirited, an interview-based podcast that explores diverse perspectives on faith and justice.
Simran is the author of a new children's book from Penguin Random House (Kokila)– Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon – the first from a major publisher to feature a Sikh story. Simran is currently writing an adult non-fiction book for Penguin Random House (Riverhead) entitled More of This Please: Sikh Wisdom for the Soul.
Simran serves on presidential candidate Joe Biden’s AAPI Faith Advisory Committee and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Committee. He is a columnist for Religion News Service, a spiritual/religious life advisor at NYU and Columbia University, and a visiting professor at Union Seminary. This fall, Simran is teaching a program at Columbia University and Trinity University on Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice.
Simran is a highly sought-out speaker on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He offers programs for all ages and audiences, from preschool educators and high school students to university campuses and corporate workplaces. He is especially passionate about teaching anti-racism through building empathy and reflecting on our core values.
Growing up as a turban-wearing Sikh in South Texas, Simran learned early that marginalized groups will not lecture their way into dignity and that empathy is truly built when people get to know each other as human beings. This realization is what brought him into the deep work of empathy-building as an approach for personal development and social change.