Building Boundaries: Healthy Space with Those You Love
"Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and love me simultaneously" - Prentis Hemphill
In many collectivistic South Asian cultures, social factors like family, culture, religion and community greatly impact decision-making. Many in the South Asian community (survivors, youth, young adults, and LGBTQ folks) face pressure to hide their identities or silence their experiences in the name of honoring the family and the culture. However, setting and respecting boundaries is essential to any and every relationship - in all cultures. In healthy relationships of all kinds, you should feel comfortable communicating your needs without fear of what another person will do in response.
Join Counselors & Client Advocates from Daya (Houston), Raksha (Atlanta), and Chetna (Dallas) to discuss how to express your wants, goals, fears, and limits so that everyone's boundaries are honored.
Special Guests: Bhavika Parmar Sahar Naqvi Aisha Choudhry
Lunch & Learn: Critical Collaborations - Addressing Homelessness for Survivors
Research has found that more than a third of DV survivors report becoming homeless immediately after separating from their partners. In fact, finding a safe place to live is one of the biggest challenges that Daya clients face when fleeing abusive homes. To address this enormous risk, we cannot work alone. Daya works with the Coalition for the Homeless to ensure the risks and barriers of South Asian survivors are not underestimated. Join us for this lunch and learn to find out about how Daya is partnering across the city to combat homelessness for survivors.
Across our trauma, we can heal. Tell us your story because love grows when we share it with one another. Share an original story, poem, or spoken word; or read a published work that has informed your healing journey as a South Asian person. We are strong in our vulnerability.
Lunch & Learn - Protecting Young Hearts: Addressing Teen Dating Violence in the South Asian Community
February’s lunch & learn, led by Jenani Srijeyanthan from the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, will explore teen dating violence in the South Asian community and offer programs and interventions for support.
Lunch & Learn: Accountability, Y'all! Supporting South Asian Survivors in the South. Grab your lunch, some sweet tea or chai, and join us for a spirited conversation about the survivor experience in our region and what we need from our community.
Grab your lunch and learn with Daya! With collaboration with Moms Demand Action, Olive Branch Muslim Family Services, and BPSOS, this month we bring you Be SMART, an educational workshop designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
Support & Survival: Discussing Suicide Awareness Among South Asians
Join Daya & South Asian Youth in Houston Unite (SAYHU) to bring awareness and discuss suicide prevention. Learn from an expert panel about: risks especially for minorities & LGBTQ communities, recognizing warning signs, provide support to those suffering from mental illness and suicidal thoughts.
Special Guests: Dr. Sindhu Idicula, Dr. Devika Srivastava
Smash the Stigma: Addressing Mental Health Challenges for Asian-Americans
A webinar presented by Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA) & Daya Houston. In this online discussion, we speak with two Asian-American mental health professionals, Hannah Hwang and Hareema Mela, as they talk about these challenges and their experience in serving the community. Attendees are encouraged to be part of the discussion, ask questions, and share their experiences.
Break the Cycle: Addressing the Trauma of Children Witnessing Domestic Violence
United Way Fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc Crest Drive, Stafford, TX
In this interactive workshop, learn from experts about the effects of domestic violence on children, hear from a community member about her experience growing up in an abusive family, and learn how you can take action to break the cycle of abuse in our society. Free event, registration required.
From Awareness to Allyship: The Next Step to End Domestic Violence
The Montrose Center 401 Branard Street Houston, TX 77006
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, join Daya for an interactive training to learn how you can safely support survivors that are your friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues. Hear testimonials from survivors and learn how to be an ally from guest speaker, Roy Rios from The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV).
Lunch & Learn - Social Justice Spotlight: Activism by South Asian Youth
Grab your lunch and join us to learn about our community's work to increase political engagement and visibility among South Asian youth in Houston and promote social justice within our multiracial community network.
In 2017 seven women of color in Houston recognized a need for a radical space for young South Asians in which they could build alliances as they engaged in social justice-oriented work. In friendship and with solidarity, South Asian Youth of Houston Unite (SAYHU) was formed by Eesha Pandit, Rachel Afi Quinn, Gayatri Joshi, Saneea Sakhyani, Samira Ali, Praveena Lakshmanan, and Rachna Khare.
Through community gatherings and events, an annual Summer Institute, and regional summits, SAYHU is establishing a social justice-minded South Asian network. In this lunch & learn, we'll meet previous SAYHU participants and learn how to get involved in social justice and community building across the South Asian Diaspora.
Special Guests: Huda Mitha, LMSW Samridhdi Shrestha, SAYHU Intern
Join us for a free virtual class from Self Defense 4 All. Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All and second-degree Tae Kwon Do belt, will teach us self defense training to build physical and mental strength. Self-defense training will equip you with techniques to stay safe and defend yourself when in danger. Take this time to focus on yourself, everyone is welcome!
Lunch & Learn - Safety while Swiping: Technology & Sexual Harassment
For April's Lunch & Learn, led by Reshmi Patel of RAINN, we'll build awareness about how sexual violence can occur online, how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones, and the many ways survivors and allies can use technology to builder a safer community.
Join Daya in conversation with Nabila Mansoor, Executive Director of Emgage as we answer your questions and provide information about important deadlines, the election process & ballot, and how you can safely cast your vote.
In collaboration with United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), learn about the forms of human trafficking that exists in America, how it happens, and how to recognize a potential trafficking situation.
Join us for a virtual interactive workshop with Bren Hardt, a CNVC certified facilitator of Nonviolent Communication (also known as Compassionate Communication), to learn how to effectively reconnect with yourself and with others. The workshop will provide guidance on how to accept and give empathy during difficult moments, how to care for your own needs with compassion, and how to listen with full presence.
Jewish Community Center 5601 S Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX
Join us in celebrating the power of womanhood through Eve Ensler's iconic play, The Vagina Monologues. Directed and Produced by Ayeshah Alam Khan. 50% of the proceeds go to Daya and 50% go to AVDA. Event partners: AVDA TX and Ayeshah Alam Khan. 2 shows, Feb. 29th at 7PM & March 1st at 11AM
The Hess Club 5430 Westheimer Ct. Houston, TX 77056
Join us in celebrating the Women We Admire. On October 13, we invite you to tea, light bites, and life lessons from Designer, Entrepreneur, and Project Runway Winner, Chloe Dao. All proceeds go towards supporting the clients of Daya.
Interfaith Community Dialogues on Domestic Violence Interventions
Crime Stoppers of Houston 3001 Main Street Houston, TX 77002
The Interfaith Community Dialogues on Domestic Violence Intervention seminar for faith leaders will prepare them as first responders to family violence within their congregations. This interactive seminar will cover the signs of abuse, how to respond to victims of domestic violence, and resources available by geographic area.