Over the 2020 winter break, several Stanford undergraduates started a free-of-cost virtual learning and mentorship program for South Asian students called the South Asian Winter Camp (SAWC). The organisation SAWC was launched by Megha Parwani (Philosophy & Politics at Stanford University) and Minha Khan (Sociology & Education at Stanford University), who were concerned about education in South Asia, especially as it relates to COVID-19.
Consequently, they spent their winter break not taking classes but teaching them, curating innovative online classes and culturally relevant mentorship for over 400 South-Asian youth. Their idea was to put together a class that would not feel like a class – where students would get the opportunity to learn from senior students from across the globe, who love what they study, through highly-engaging modules like ‘History of the Hero through Bollywood’ and ‘Understanding Gender Roles through Media.’
We spoke about: (i) The motivation behind establishing SAWC (ii) Their effective planning and outreach strategies that allowed them to execute a camp of this scale (iii) How school students can become future community leaders The Shaping Futures Podcast includes Interviews with innovators, change makers and education experts to bring inspiring life stories and valuable information to guide students through their career journey. Connect with the team at Kritika Bagaria Associates to get started on your career discovery and college application journey.