Sarah Mahmood is a student at Wellesley College studying Political Science and Economics
This year, for the first time in The Miss America Pagent history, a South Asian-American was crowned as Miss America. Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on September 15th, but her win also prompted a social media backlash of racist and hateful posts and tweets. The 24-year-old Davuluri, however, spun the negative comments around and is now spending her year as Miss America campaigning on a diversity and cultural competancy platform. At SAJA's annual Gala and Awards Dinner, Davuluri spoke about her campaign and how becoming the next Miss America meant breaking down stereotypes.
Q:Your platform for Miss America is celebrating diversity. Why is this important and what steps do you plan to take towards making society a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds?
Kevin Negandhi is an award-winning sports anchor for ESPN's "SportsCenter". A long time member and supporter of SAJA, Negandhi was a trailblazer in the field of sports journalism as the first South Asian American to anchor a national sports program. As the emcee for SAJA's annual Gala and Awards Dinner, Negandhi talked about about everyone in the room is their own trailblazer for going against the grain and pursuing a career in journalism and media.