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This Valentine’s Day weekend might have been the coldest day in New York City, but that did not stop impassioned students who braved the subzero temperatures to discuss hot topics within the South Asian community.

The inaugural South Asian Millennials Conference, held at Columbia University and Barnard College, hosted an estimated 100 university students for two days of panels, lectures, discussions, and workshops all dealing with issues that pertain to this diasporic demographic.

“The purpose of this conference is to bring together students from the consortium of universities to think critically about these issues to develop a stronger fellowship within the South Asian collegiate community,” Kaavya Mahajan, the co-founder of the event, announced to the crowd in her opening ceremony speech.

At first, as a Canadian visiting New York City who has long since graduated from university, I felt out of place. However, I soon realized that I was not only deeply connected to the people in that room, but I also shared the challenges they faced.

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