Valarie Kaur

Programs for Universities, Colleges and Law Schools

Valarie’s programs for universities, colleges and law schools focus on religion, racism,  storytelling, progressive lawyering and more.  She delivers dynamic keynote lectures for large audiences or lead intimate workshops and discussions for small groups.  At the core of Valarie’s work is teaching students how to engage people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds.  She has designed programs that use a frame of inclusiveness to explore multiple themes.

“Divided We Fall is a reminder of American potential, of the strength we have when we are united, and of our humanity when we choose compassion over xenophobia and hate. Valarie Kaur, a precocious storyteller, is both eloquent and knowledgeable. I hope she will continue to tell our stories in the future.” –United States Congressman Mike Honda

Presentation topics include:

  • Racism Workshop: Healing Racism in the Body
  • Interviewing Workshop: Drawing Close to the Storyteller’s Mouth
  • Law as Sword & Shield: Fighting the Good Fight
  • Unlearning Biases
  • Mobilizing Individuals and Communities for Civic Engagement

Valarie has delivered programs at the following colleges and universities, among others:

Programs for Police Departments and Law Enforcement

Valarie’s programs for police departments focus on civil rights, stereotypes and unconscious bias. With legal experience working at Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrants Rights Clinic, she delivers dynamic keynote lectures or lead intimate workshops and discussions in small group settings.  At the core of Valarie’s work is teaching people how to engage others of different religious and ethnic backgrounds.  She has designed programs that take the struggles and concerns of Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans since Sept. 11, 2001 as case studies in broader explorations of the dynamic between communities and law enforcement.

Presentation topics include:

  • Law Enforcement Workshop: Owning Race in Policing
  • Physiological Affects of Policing in Diverse Cities
  • Fostering Creative Engagement in the Community
  • Developing Cultural Competency for Effective Policing

Programs for Faith and Religious Organizations

Valarie’s programs for faith and religious organizations focus on experiencing the sacred, mobilizing faith-based action, and building community.  She delivers dynamic keynote lectures for large audiences or lead intimate workshops and discussions for small groups. At the core of Valarie’s work is teaching people how to engage others of different religious and ethnic backgrounds.  She has designed programs that use a frame of inclusiveness to explore civil rights, multifaith work, and more.

“Valarie Kaur, the filmmaker whose literal and spiritual journey the movie chronicles, is a young woman of extraordinary courage and vision, who is not afraid to confront the hardest questions and whose compassion and generosity of heart allow her to share with the rest of us both the triumphs and struggles of her journey.” – The Rev. Debbie Shew, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Presentation topics include:

  • Joining the Multifaith Movement for Justice
  • Interfaith Dialogue Workshop: Reading the Body as Text
  • Community Building Workshop: Crossing the Line
  • Race Workshop: Healing Racism in the Body
  • Channeling Faith into Public Service
  • Faith-Centered Leadership

Valarie has delivered programs at these organizations, among others:

Programs for Students & Teachers

Valarie’s programs for students and teachers in K-12 public and private schools focus on inclusiveness, civil rights, and stereotypes.  She can deliver dynamic keynote lectures for entire schools or lead intimate workshops and discussions in small classes.  At the core of Valarie’s work is teaching students and teachers how to engage people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds.  She has designed programs for all ages that focus on valuing multiple perspectives, courageous action, and finding common ground.

“Valarie Kaur steered a brave course straight into the hate violence that beset the Sikh community in the aftermath of 9/11. She brings us stories of homegrown terror and fear, as well as stories of hope and forgiveness. Valarie Kaur enables us to hear voices most of us do not hear.” – Diana Eck, leading religion scholar and author of A New Religious America

Presentation topics include:

  • Diversity Training for Kids
  • Teachers Workshop: Engaging Classroom Dialogue
  • Fostering Creative and Ethical Engagement
  • Turning Social Trauma into Creative Action
  • Understanding and Accepting Outsiders

Valarie has given programs at the following schools, among others:

Programs on Race, Religion, Gender & Power

Speaking on race, religion, gender, and power, Valarie offers guidance for organizations committed to supporting diversity and to healing the wounds caused by ignorance and fear. She crafts her presentation to suit organizational needs and makes each presentation an authentic, personal communication with the audience, no matter the size.

“Valarie Kaur helps us unite in our shared, common humanity.  Her story reveals what we each can do: find our way without fear and be truth tellers.  May her couragerub off on all of us!”— Frances Moore-Lappe, activist and best-selling author of Diet for a Small Planet

Presentation topics include:

  • Honoring common ground in the workplace
  • Unlearning biases for workplace efficiency
  • Creating an environment of inclusiveness
  • Ethical engagement for creative action

Her programs and talks are suited for audiences of several thousand for corporate-wide events, as well as for small group and one-on-one sessions. Valarie has delivered programming at the following featured corporations: