2013 Session Leaders
Session 1: Honoring Herstory
Honoring the Strength & Resiliency of Immigrant Women
Presented by Farah Barnia, Karla Reyes and Sabby Kaur
Farah Barnia is an Employment counselor at Santa Clara County’s SSA. She has worked with Immigrants and Refugees from Middle East for past 15 years. Before coming to SSA, she was a case manager at the International Rescue Committee, resettling refugees from 36 countries. She is the founder and president of the Iranian Community Resource Service Center, a nonprofit 501 C organization operating in the Bay Area. She is also a trainer speaking on multicultural, immigrant and refugee issues, collaborating with governmental and other organizations serving multi-ethnic population. She is also a College instructor in the Family Certificate Program, Ethnic Studies, International Communication and Journalism. She holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering and an MA in Communication and Journalism, from Chico State University. She came to the U.S at the age of 16 by herself.
Karla C. Reyes is a San Jose State University graduate. She came to the United States from Mexico City at the age of nine. Karla's passions include promoting the advancement of women of color in leadership positions and using art as a way to heal our community. Her goals for the future are to expand her newly founded business and pursue a graduate degree in business administration. She will be speaking of the strength young women bring to social justice movements. Specifically, her emphasis is on young women as trailblazers who open doors to education to the rest of the family. She will also talk about the important role all immigrants play in the society as they incorporate two or more cultures into their own social realities.
Sarbjeet ‘Sabby’ Kaur was born in India and received her M.A. degree in German from New Delhi, India. She immigrated to the U.S. 22 years ago. Sabby has managed projects with a nonprofit agency Women in Community Service. This organization focuses on low-income women, young women, and women in jail. She recently concluded a job-training program with the City of San Jose/work2future for the homeless and non-violent ex-offenders. In addition to her regular work, she also served on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and as the former chair of the Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County. Her passions include all women’s issues and programs that provide a “second chance” to underserved communities. Her dream is to open a school for adolescent girls in India. She will focus on her own brand of leadership and strengths of her culture, discussing how using this personal foundation we can get involved at any level of the community at large.