Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

Respect, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh says, is recognizing the humanity and divinity in everyone. “When you see people that way, it changes your perception of our world,” he said.

A product of Northside ISD, Dr. Singh attended Thornton Elementary School, Rudder Middle School, and O’Connor High School. Dr. Singh credits the teachers, administrators, and friends he met throughout his academic career for shaping who he is today. His Northside educators helped him be an educator and see the potential in others. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a graduate degree from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree from Trinity University. He is an Assistant Professor at his alma mater, Trinity University, in the Department of Religion and a Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian.

He is called on to speak on the topics of diversity, inclusion, civil rights, religion, and hate violence. He splits his time between New York City and San Antonio and is an avid marathon runner. Running, started out as a way to supplement soccer when he was younger. Today, he runs to combat stereotypes. He and his wife, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, are the proud parents of a daughter, Jiya.

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Pillar of...: 
Respect
School: 
O’Connor High School
Year: 
2016
Class of ...: 
2002