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Pardeep Singh Kaleka

About Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Founder of Serve to Unite & Sikh Temple President Pardeep Singh Kaleka joins the podcast. He talks about how Serve to Unite was formed in the aftermath of the 2012 Sikh Temple Shooting, his upbringing as an immigrant in Milwaukee and what we can do to make the city and the world a better place.

Topics Covered
  • How Pardeep’s parents immigrated to the US from India when he was young
  • Pardeep’s backstory & upbringing in Milwaukee
  • Serving as a Police Office & a Teacher on Milwaukee’s north side
  • How he started “Serve to Unite” in the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting
  • What is the root cause of hate crimes
  • Why Milwaukee is the most segregated city and what can be done about it
  • How to use tragedy to create something positive

Pardeep is a Licensed Psychotherapist with D & S Healing Center specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors of assault, abuse and acts of violence. A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep Singh Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee and received his B.A. at Marquette University, and M.S. at Alverno College in Community Psychology. As a former Police Officer and Educator in the inner city of Milwaukee Pardeep understands the difficulty facing our communities locally and abroad. He firmly believes that the lamp of knowledge, truth, and wisdom outshines all the darkness in the world.

Both in his practice and out, Pardeep’s passion remains one of healing and recovery. An example of this is Serve2Unite, an organization he founded in response to tragedy. This organization engages youth in service learning, artistic response, and global engagement to build positive school environments and communal identity addressing conflict and de-radicalization from a trauma-informed lens. Over the past 4 years, the work of Serve2Unite has been locally and internationally recognized as the recipient of The Guru Nanak Award, and The Parliament of World Religions for the work of building safe, inclusive communities. Partnership organizations include; Arts@Large, Against Violent Extremism, The Forgiveness Project, Interfaith Council of Milwaukee, Not In Our Town.