Dr. Rucha Kaur


Dr. Rucha Kaur (she/her), Research Advisory Board

Dr. Rucha Kaur is a social justice and public health advocate with nearly 15 years of experience in Sikh community-centered grassroots organizing and leadership building. She currently serves as the community development director at the Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights organization, where she leads community engagement strategies designed to enhance grassroots leadership, defend civil rights, and build community power. Her professional expertise focuses on ensuring that marginalized communities have access to linguistically and culturally competent evidence-based strategies to move the needle on social justice and/or public health outcomes. She also serves as a founding board member for Interfaith Public Health Network (IPHN), which engages faith communities to prioritize working on public health initiatives. Rucha is a passionate community advocate and believes that “communities are a powerful force when brought together. My life mission is to work toward a world where communities know their power and harness it for good in the world.”

Rucha lives in New Jersey. In her free time, she is an avid reader, recipe experimenter, music enthusiast, and coffee lover. 

Rucha says she’s had the professional privilege to work on initiatives that combine research with community advancement. “I strongly believe that nurturing, informing, educating, understanding, and empowering our youth is the best way for our communities to grow and thrive. The work that Springtide undertakes is interesting to me because of the focus on community-based research and youth empowerment, two subject areas I am deeply committed to in both my personal and professional capacities.” 

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