WCS-015: Pardeep Kaleka overcomes racism and violence through community service

pardeepJoin us to hear how Pardeep responded to tragedy with service and empathy to end the cycle of violence and racism. He offers practical advice on community building and fundraising.

About Pardeep Kaleka:

Pardeep Kaleka is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down on August 5th, 2012 by a white supremacist in the worst race-based attack since the civil rights era. As a former police officer and a current teacher in the inner city of Milwaukee, Pardeep is no stranger to the never-ending battle against racism, bigotry, violence, hatred, and ignorance. His firm belief is that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and he does his best to embody this through his work with the organization he founded: Serve 2 Unite.

Pardeep was nominated by Arno Michaelis during World Changer Session #4.

Personal Mantra:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein

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“Through struggle comes strength.”

One of his greatest challenges:

Pardeep reflects on his families’ move to the United States, facing poverty and learning cultural agility. He goes deeper in his experiences with starting his own business.

When he knows the work he is doing is making a difference:

He hears reports of students using the tools that Serve2Unite teaches to de-escalate confrontations and he sees students wearing the t-shirts.

Practical Advice:

Keep a balance between daily concerns such as funding and the purpose of your mission so that you let the “WHY” drive your decisions.

Personal Practice That Keeps Him Going on the Tough Days

“I’ll hold my kids as long as possible.”  Find solace in your family and find your community.

Best strategies for funding:

Connecting with the interested communities online and show them that you are making their money go to where they intend.

Find other organizations or people who are doing the same kind of work and partner with them.

Tools or Technology:


Recommended books and films:

Lady of the Lotus-Born: The Life and Enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal by Gyalwa Changchub and Namkhai Nyingpo

My Life After Hate by Arno Michaelis

FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness by Sammy Rangel

In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong by Amin Maalouf

Nomination for Upcoming World Changer Sessions Guest:

 Sammy Rangel

How to get in touch:

Website: Serve2Unite

Email: pardeep@serve2unite.org