The "Desi" Diaries

Identity, Upcoming

This group aims to bring folks together from the South Asian Diaspora community to discuss relevant topics in a supportive and confidential space.

What is The "Desi" Diaries?

The goal of this group is to create a safe dialogue with others from similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. 

How does it work?

Each week focuses on a different topic relevant to us and our similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds: embracing our identities, living at home, and healthy dating and boundaries.

What does "Desi" mean?

"Desi" is a term that has been adopted by some members of the South Asian, second/third generation, immigrant communities that is used as an umbrella term to identify with someone who belongs to “Des” which would translate to a person having roots and being Indigenous to the subcontinent of India (including Pakistan and Bangladesh). Any student who self-identifies as being from the South Asian Diaspora or Desi communities is welcome to attend.

Each week will focus on a different topic relevant to us and our similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds:

  • July 14th : Embracing our identities
    • This group will be held in-person. Where: Group Room 1 and 2; Health and Counselling.                     
  • July 21st : Breaking the Mental Health Stigma
    • This group will be held via Zoom. Requires zoom-link. 
  • July 28th : Building Healthy Relationships.
    • This group will be held via Zoom. Requires zoom-link. 

 

Key objectives:

  • Providing a facilitated discussion.
  • Low-barrier approach. 
  • Community-building. *Student-led

How do I register?

Fill the websurvey to join.

Summer 2022 Schedule

12:00pm - 1:00pm

July 14th: Embracing your identities | This group will be held in-person. Where: Group Room 1 and 2; Health and Counselling. 

July 21st: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma | This group will be held via Zoom. Requires zoom-link. 

July 28th: Building Healthy Relationships | This group will be held via Zoom. Requires zoom-link.

Students must register in order to join the group.

Check out Upcoming Session for any updated times or changes to the sessions.

Upcoming Session

About the Facilitators

Shereen Khan

Registered Clinical Counsellor

shereenk@sfu.ca

Shereen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and currently a pre-doctoral intern at HCS. She has lived experiences as an immigrant, as an expat, and as an international student at various stages in her life and in many countries around the globe. Her approach to therapy is best described as caring, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She works from a phenomenological approach to human life that support understanding the client’s worldview. She is drawn to multicultural, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed practices as she acknowledges that human beings are wired for connection. She utilizes strengths based, solution-focused therapy model to help clients to courageously achieve wellness. She works with evidence approaches such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Shereen has practiced counselling internationally, as a consultant and counsellor in the university, medical and private settings. She is a firm believer in the potential of all individuals to grow, become satisfied, and live fulfilling lives.

Harp Shergill (She/Hers)

Registered Social Worker
h_shergill@sfu.ca

Harp is a Registered Social Worker and passionate about creating a society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity; while addressing racial discrimination. She has several years of experience in the field of social work and health care and joined the Health & Counselling Team at SFU in 2019. As an Access Case Manager, Harp works closely with you to understand your individual needs so she can connect you with helpful and valuable resources. She wishes to ensure students are seen, heard and valued.