The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Michigan resident Chandru Acharya has been appointed to the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council of Homeland Security.
For the two decades Chandru has participated in numerous community activities to build bridges and promoting cultural awareness. He will serve alongside 24 other representatives.
The DHS announcement reads as below:
“These prominent faith and law enforcement leaders will help us build and strengthen the community partnerships that are so vital to our mission success,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We will work together to increase access to our services, ensure equity, maintain openness and transparency, and fully restore the trust of the communities we serve.”
The Council will provide organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific, and actionable advice to the Secretary on diverse homeland security matters. Specifically, the Council’s contributions will enhance the Department’s work to protect houses of worship; improve coordination and information sharing of threat information with the faith community, and through the faith community, within the broader communities in which they serve; increase access to DHS resources by building trust and addressing potential barriers; and prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of targeted violence, terrorism, and other threats.
Chandru continues be a voice for the Hindu American community especially during incidents of ‘Hinduphobia’. As a longstanding member of the Plymouth Canton Interfaith organization and multiple other leadership positions in various organizations Chandru is well known in the community.
Congratulations to Chandru Acharya on this appointment. It is a proud moment for the entire community.