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Community Events


Brown Bodies, Bold Stories: The Power of Representation

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM UTC

HPL - Central Library
500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002

As Asian Americans, we often hear stories that don’t feel authentically ours. AAPI representation has come a long way, but can still be entrenched in one dimensional troupes that further the “othering” of our community. Luckily, true representation is growing and is a powerful tool to inspire Asian Americans to shine brightly with pride.

Join Varsha Bajaj, Daya, Asia Society Texas, Houston Coalition Against Hate, and the Center for the Healing of Racism for our annual storytelling event, Brown Bodies, Bold Stories on Saturday, May 6th at Houston Public Library - Central Library from 11am-1pm.

Special Guest: Varsha Bajaj


An Evening of Remembrance, Caring & Hope

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 11:30:00 PM UTC

Join Facebook Live

Greater Houston Area Domestic Violence Service Providers invites you to honor victims, support families, and celebrate survivors. Community leaders will recite the names of those who lost their lives to domestic violence this past year.


DV 101 & Safety Planning

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11:30:00 PM UTC


Take a deep dive into recognizing the different forms of abuse and how to help survivors plan for their safety when fleeing violence.

Special Guests: Tishya Bedi, Daya Director of Education and Outreach
Elisabeth Swim, Daya Helpline Advocate


Responding in the Red Zone

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


The first six weeks on a university/college campus are known as The Red Zone, when first-year students are at the highest risk of encountering sexual violence. Join Rachna Khare, Executive Director of Daya, on Wednesday, August 24th at 12pm CT for an engaging conversation on supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Special Guest: Rachna Khare, Daya Executive Director


Lunch & Learn: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


Join Daya on Monday, April 25th at noon CT to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our featured speaker, Tenaz Sunavala, will discuss digital safety for teenagers. With dating and chatting applications having very limited restrictions on age limits, human traffickers and predators are using social media to lure innocent teenagers into sex trafficking and violence. Register today to learn how you can help build safer online spaces for teens.

Special Guest: Tenaz Sunavala


Writing Your Personal Narrative | Workshop by Mrinal Gokhale

Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 6:00:00 PM UTC


Join Rasksha, Daya, and HAWCYL as we learn to craft our own narratives using the power of words. The workshop will be led by Mrinal Gokhale, author of "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted.


Women We Admire

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 12:00:00 AM UTC


In honor of International Women's Day, we’re celebrating 6 fearless women in our community with a fun and engaging panel that will leave you inspired.

Special Guests:
-Amy Malkan
-Anjali Rimi
-Bincy Jacob
-Nishi Gupta
-Sadia Jalali
-Judge Stuti Trehan Patel


Faith & Family Violence: Recognizing and Addressing Abuse

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 3:00:00 PM UTC


The Interfaith Advisory Council, led by AVDA, Daya, and HCDVCC, invites faith leaders, first ladies, religious teachers, and people of influence across Houston's diverse faith communities to "Faith & Family Violence," an interactive training and discussion on recognizing and addressing abuse in our communities.

Suzanne Holsomback


Money Matters: The Trauma of Financial Abuse

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM UTC


Join Daya and our national partners from Sakhi (NY) and Narika (CA) for a dynamic and expert panel. Learn to recognize various forms of financial abuse, understand their devastating toll, and support the strategies that help survivors reclaim their financial freedom.


Daya Book Club - "Her Brave Journey"

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:00:00 PM UTC


Join Daya for our August Book Club event featuring Swati Singh, author of “Her Brave Journey.” Swati’s debut novel tells the story of Kiara, a South Asian American woman who is stuck in the vicious and confusing cycle of abuse. Swati’s hope is that Kiara’s story will inspire, empower, and strengthen the soul. Register now to discuss the “Her Brave Journey” with the Daya community, learn the story behind the story, and ask Swati all your burning questions.

Special Guest:
Swati Singh, Author


#25for25 - Dumplings for Daya

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM UTC


As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join Daya on 8/16/2021 at 7pm CT for a virtual cooking class featuring dumplings from around the world! A graduate from the Arts Institute, Chef Keisha Griggs leads Ate Kitchen & Bocage Catering. Hailing from the Caribbean, Chef Griggs hopes her food will invoke memories of home, comfort, and family. Join us for this interactive class that highlights the universal dish of dumplings – learn the similarities around the world with this fun family favorite! The event will be held on Zoom at 7pm CT on 8/16/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you. You will also receive the recipes and ingredient list before the event.

Special Guest: Chef Keisha Griggs


Yoga Therapy with Bollycurves

Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM UTC

3334 FM 1092 Rd #405, Missouri City, Texas, 77459

Join Daya and Bollycurves for a 1 Hour Yoga Therapy Session on Saturday July 17th @ 4pm-5pm. Work out, feel good, and help support Daya! Bring your yoga mat, mask, and water.


Dine for Daya at Tarka Indian Kitchen - City West

Monday, July 5, 2021 at 4:00:00 PM UTC

10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300 Houston, TX 77042

Daya is proud to partner with Tarka Indian Kitchen on the grand opening of their new Houston Location near Westheimer and Beltway 8: 10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300, Houston, TX 77042. Treat yourself to some delicious food between July 5 and July 11. 20% of proceeds are donated directly to Daya!


Building Boundaries: Healthy Space with Those You Love

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10:30:00 PM UTC


"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

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


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.

Special Guest:
Toni Benson-Atkinson


TDVAM Healthy Relationships Lunch & Learn

Friday, February 24, 2023 at 6:00:00 PM UTC


For February's Lunch & Learn, led by Reshmi Patel of RAINN, we'll build awareness about how teen dating violence can occur, strategies for teaching healthy relationships, and how we can work together to prevent abuse in our communities.

Special Guest: Reshmi Patel, RAINN


Faith & Family Violence: Survivor Stories

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM UTC

Hybrid (see link for details)

Join AADA, AVDA, Daya, and HCDVCC to learn how abusers manipulate religious beliefs to control their partners, explore the role faith leaders play in escaping abuse, and celebrate the ways faith can contribute to healing and safety.


Fight Back Against Domestic Violence

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM UTC

Spar Boxing Club

Work up a sweat while supporting Daya at Spar Boxing Club. A portion of all proceeds will help Daya continue to supporting survivors and build awareness of domestic violence in the community.


Seeking Support: Ending Mental Health Stigmas in the South Asian Community

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:30:00 PM UTC

Fort Bend County Library - University Branch (Meeting Room #2), 14010 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479

To honor Mental Health Awareness Month and AAPI Heritage Month, join Daya to break the stigma of mental health help and to improve the health of our community!

Learn from a panel of mental health professionals, ask your questions, hear a survivor’s account of psychological abuse, and work together to address common stigmas.


Brown Bodies Bold Stories

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:00:00 PM UTC


On April 10 from 2-4pm, join Daya and SAYHU for Brown Bodies, Bold Stories, our annual storytelling series where the community shares original stories, poems, songs, spoken word pieces, and inspirational works to connect us all. This year’s theme, Connections from Afar, will be led by Domestic Violence Advocate, Annesa Tabassum. Check her out @ovo_nessa on TikTok.

Register here to reserve your spot and get all the details on how to share your piece! When you share your stories, you inspire us to take the plunge and make connections in virtual spaces.


Justice for Kaur: Breaking Down Women-Led Misogyny in South Asia

Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1:00:00 AM UTC


Join Daya and RISE Women as we discuss and debrief the tragic female-led sexual assault in New Delhi on January 26th. We'll explore how patriarchal structures in society serve to reinforce women perpetrating violence against other women and why we need to work together to address and dismantle these systems.

Special Guest: Shana Abraham, RISE Women Co


Daya Under the Stars

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 11:30:00 PM UTC

Constellation Field, Sugar Land

25th Anniversary Celebration

Musical Performance by Penn Masala


Daya Book Club - "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted"

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 11:00:00 PM UTC


Join Daya for our next Book Club event featuring Mrinal Gokhale, author of “Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted.” October’s book selection shares true stories of second-generation Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants who navigate mental health in the West (U.S., U.K., and Canada). Each featured interviewee discusses how destigmatizing mental health became their fight, and how they're bridging the gap of access, education, and acceptance between generations. From topics like identity, culture, socialization, academia, love, loss, and trauma, each unique story unveils a part of the shadow (saaya) of mental health in South Asian diaspora. Register now to learn Mrinal’s inspiration behind the book and her work to promote education and acceptance of mental health in South Asian communities.

Special Guest: Mrinal Gokhale


Lunch & Learn: The Power of Boundaries

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


Join us for this masterclass in saying yes to boundaries with expert coach, Indrani Goradia.

Special Guest: Indrani Goradia


Lunch & Learn What Is Spiritual Abuse

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


For this edition of Daya's Lunch & Learn, we'll be talking about spiritual abuse with guest speaker, Sara Bawany, LCSW from FACE (Facing Abuse in Community Environments). Spiritual abuse is using religion to manipulate, control and bully through the guise of religion, religious principles or claims to spirituality. We'll be learning about examples of spiritual abuse and the work FACE is doing in this realm to increase community accountability for abuse in the Muslim community.

Special Guest: Sara Bawany


#25for25 - An Evening with Alka Joshi

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 11:00:00 PM UTC


As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join us on 7/29/2021 at 6pm CT for an evening online with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist - a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick and soon to be miniseries. Meet Alka, learn about her journey as a writer, and ask your questions about The Henna Artist and her newest novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. The event will be held on Zoom from 6-7pm CT on 7/29/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you after purchasing tickets.

Special Guest: Alka Joshi


Reproductive Justice for Survivors of Gender Based Violence

Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:00:00 PM UTC


Reproductive Justice, the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have or not have children, and parent in safe and sustainable communities, was coined in 1994 by a group of Black women named the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice. Just 3 years later, 16 women-of-color-led organizations representing the Native American, Latin American, African American, and Asian American communities launched the nonprofit SisterSong to continue this national movement to uplift the needs of the most marginalized women, families, and communities. Presented by HCDVCC, Daya, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University (CSWGS), join us for an engaging conversation about the intersection of Reproductive Justice and the Movement to end Gender-Based Violence. Learn the history and build a future where we all have the economic, social, and political power to make decisions about our bodies and families.

Special Guests:
Jennifer Wang, NAPAWF Deputy Director of Programs
Nusrat Ameen, Daya Senior Director Legal Services


Lunch & Learn - Social Justice Spotlight: Activism by South Asian Youth

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM UTC


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


A 10-minute Break for Gender Equity & Mental Wellness

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 8:00:00 PM UTC


Tenaz Sunavala, UN NGO Advocate for the Commission on the Status of Women, talks about how gender equity and mental wellbeing can achieve a better future for all.

Special Guest:
Tenaz Sunavala


Self-care through Self-Defense

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:00:00 PM UTC


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!

Special Guest:Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All

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