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Hindu YUVA hosts the largest Hindu student leadership event in North America

Hindu YUVA had hosted the largest Hindu student leadership event ever in North America.

Charaiveti: The Hindu YUVA National Summit was attended by around 208 yuvas from 64 universities including 48 HY chapters across North America.

Hindu student leaders from 64 universities gathered in Chicago for ‘Charaiveti: The Hindu YUVA National Summit’ from Sept. 9-11, 2022, as a celebration of 15 years of organizational growth and Hindu activism  across North American campuses.

YUVA themed around Hindu Youth For Unity, Virtues and Action (YUVA) has 48 registered university chapters that practice, promote, protect, and preserve Hindu Dharma on campus.

The Hindu YUVA National President Amruta Houde, said, “Hindu YUVA has grown exponentially in the last few years and has created an indisputable footprint in the university space while bringing in new leadership across every level. We saw our 15th anniversary as an opportunity to bring dynamic new leaders together for Charaiveti, the Hindu YUVA National Summit, which was attended by 208 yuvas (young leaders) from across North America.”

The Summit Charaiveti, meaning “moving forward”, was the most vibrant gathering of Hindu student leaders to-date, and had the highest representation of universities in any Hindu student leadership event like this in North America.

The sessions were based on the acronym of  YUVA: Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action. There were also panel discussions reflecting on the need for Hindu representation in all aspects of society and how to address growing Hinduphobia in university spaces.

Speakers had also discussed the relevance of Hindu Dharma, and how their experiences can shape the way young leaders create change in society. Students participated in activities led by various regional and national Hindu YUVA leaders focused on strengthening campus-based activities to carry forward these themes in their local areas.

Representatives from Hindu American Foundation, Understanding Hinduphobia, Sewa International USA, International Centre For Cultural Studies, Samskrita Bharati USA, Bhumi Global, Hindu Education Foundation, Sewa Diwali, Hindu University of America, Dharma Internship Program, and Aum School had presented opportunities for young leaders to engage with various Hindu initiatives.

Professor Ved Prakash Nanda and  North America Zone President of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh had called on students and organization leaders to recognize that the “time is now that Hindus stand together and work in different facets of society towards the same vision.”

Leaders from six Hindu youth organizations BAPS Campus Fellowship, Hindu Students Council, National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF UK), Young Jains of America, Isha Foundation, and International Society For Krishna Consciousness had discussed challenges Hindu students face on campus and how they could move forward together to address these challenges.

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