Harkit Bhandal, is in her final year of study in the Bachelor of Social Work program at York University. With over 8 years of volunteer experience in the sector of family violence, Harkit has developed an interest in examining institutional forms of violence that impact Punjabi Sikh community and family life. Her research work on understanding contemporary gang violence prevention initiatives in Surrey, BC has been presented at a juried research fair. This research work used a discourse analysis approach to understand a community coalitions response to gang violence in the Lower Mainland area. Her work titled Understandings of Military Power, Intoxication and Love in Kashmir, India has been published in the New Voices in Asian Research series by the York Centre for Asian Research. Her current research interests include understanding localization of race and space; nation-building; family and gender relations; and migration and immigration histories amongst the South Asian diaspora.