Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, Manpreet Kaur is a product of Bakersfield, where she continues to live and invest. Educated through Bakersfield’s public schools, Manpreet went on to complete her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego in Ethnic Studies and Political Science. Her lens is shaped by her commitment to community. Manpreet’s driving force is the people of California’s Central Valley. Along with being a student, Manpreet is a full-time community organizer dedicated to empower, educate, and organize Punjabi Sikhs, and other marginalized communities; to advance their health, education, and economic, social, and political power.
Manpreet is working to combine her experiences with community organizing and policy as a dual degree student both in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the La Follette School of Public Affairs to center people power in planning and policy.
Manpreet’s research interests include: racial origins of planning, social hierarchies, displacement, migration, resettlement, equity and access, ethnic enclaves, sensitive revitalization, and working-class neighborhoods.