By Rethink Desi
Rethink DesiAug 25, 2022
Navigating Nonprofits, Poverty Alleviation, and International Development with Anu Kumar
Anu Kumar is a Communications Manager at BRAC. She is responsible for the Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative’s digital communications, including the engagement and management of digital platforms. Prior to joining BRAC UPGI, Anu was the Communications Specialist for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) focused on outreach and advocacy for issues centering racial, gender, and worker justice. Anu has supported communications efforts at think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations and New America. She also worked as a consultant at APCO Worldwide supporting projects and communications strategies for governments, corporations, and nonprofits. As a first-generation daughter of immigrants from South India, she is passionate about contributing to an organization based in and serving the Global South. Anu holds a Master’s in Intercultural and International Communication from the School of International Service at American University, and received her Bachelor’s in Journalism and International Studies from Indiana University Bloomington.
Insights into the Fusion of STEM and Creativity with Dr. Rajani LaRocca
Born in India and raised in Kentucky, Dr. Rajani LaRocca is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. She has been a primary care internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2001. She lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and two children, where she spends her time writing, practicing medicine, and co-hosting the STEM Women in KidLit podcast. In 2022, her middle grade novel, Red White and Whole was named a Newbery Honor title.
🎙️ STEM Women in KidLit Podcast - https://stemwomenkidlit.buzzsprout.com/ 📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rajanilarocca/ 💻 Website - https://www.rajanilarocca.com/
Combining Technology and Community Collaboration to Combat Climate Change with Apurva Bhandari
Apurva Bhandari is the Founder of SankalpTaru Foundation, a tech-enabled nonprofit whose mission is to promote sustainable development and preserve the natural environment through community engagement, education, and implementing innovative techniques. Users can choose to plant a tree, proceed to pay for it, and the organization will plant and provide users with a geo-tracker which has the trees live location on google map.
Journey to Getting an International PhD in Older Adulthood with Dr. Preeti Kaushik
Dr. Preeti Kaushik has has completed her PhD. in Nano and Micro Technology from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has recently completed her postdoctoral research at Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. She talks about her journey and some of her work.
🔗 CONNECT WITH PREETI KAUSHIK 👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/preeti-kaushik-8b3a4152/ 📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nanolifetales/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/shorts/EHUqbIUysf8 🔗 CONNECT WITH ARPITA 🎥 YouTube Channel - @arpitasartjourney 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/artsbyarpita 💻 Website - https://arpitasharma.net 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/arpita-sh... 🔗 CONNECT WITH RETHINK DESI /rethinkdesi 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/rethinkdesi 💻 Website - https://rethinkdesi.org 🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5EDxEd5...
From Ash to Ashes: A Story of Loss, Identity, and Authenticity
Krishma immigrated to the United States from India when she was five years old, and like her protagonist Mira, grew up in Long Island and then attended NYU. She is a poet, writer, and public speaker. Krishma was the author of “Free Spirit,” a regular column in her hometown magazine, Brookville Living. She has an MS in education, as well as an MS in marketing. She has also worked as a high school social studies teacher for 11 years. She lives in NY with her husband and four children. She began writing From Ash to Ashes seventeen years ago, after the death of her first child. His loss was the inspiration for her book, and she has dedicated it to his memory. In addition to From Ash to Ashes, she is also writing a nonfiction book, titled Brown Girl’s Guide, a collection of essays on womanhood and motherhood as seen through the eyes of a woman of color.
Unleashing your Inner Power: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing your Unique Journey (Part 2)
This is the second part of our conversation with author, Dhipa Lee. During this episode, she reflects on the importance of pursuing one's goals and dreams, even in the face of opposition or doubt from others. She encourages women to take that first step towards their aspirations and break down their goals into small, achievable steps. Dhipa emphasizes the power of focusing on what one wants rather than what they don't want, and offers tips for visualizing and planning out one's ideas.
🔗 CONNECT WITH DHIPA LEE
💻 Website -https://www.dhipalee.com/
📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/daleeauthor/
📹 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@UCGvrgX9vxS-...
🔗 CONNECT WITH ARPITA 🎥 YouTube Channel - / arpitasartjourney 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/artsbyarpita 💻 Website - https://arpitasharma.net 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/arpita-sh... 🔗 CONNECT WITH RETHINK DESI /rethinkdesi 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/rethinkdesi 💻 Website - https://rethinkdesi.org 🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5EDxEd5...
Unleashing your Inner Power: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Your Unique Journey (Part 1)
Welcome to the 3rd season of the Reframe Series podcast and our first guest is Dhipa Lee, a Bangladeshi-born British author of the novel, Written. Written is about the journey of a young girl named Eleanor born into a complex family with strict religious and cultural beliefs. Readers are forced to grapple with love, secrets, betrayal, and honor through the landscape for painful experiences and decisions she encounters on her path.
This will be a two part conversation where we focus on reframing our perception of destiny growing up in a South Asian household. We may often be told that our destiny is predetermined, and we have little control of our future fates. Dhipa Lee, challenges this notion of predeterminism with her novel, Written.
During the first part of our conversation, we discuss Dhipa’s personal journey and insights on domestic violence, bravery, and the pursuit of truth. Drawing from her own experiences and her new book, she sheds light on the impact of domestic violence, the need for storytelling, and the role of culture in perpetuating harmful norms. We delve into the challenges faced by women during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore the importance of breaking the silence around abuse. Join us as we uncover the power of bravery, self-discovery, and making authentic choices that align with our true selves. Get ready for an inspiring conversation that will encourage you to challenge societal norms and embrace your own truth.
🔗 CONNECT WITH DHIPA LEE 💻 Website -https://www.dhipalee.com/ 📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/daleeauthor/ 📹 YouTube Channel - / @ucgvrgx9vxs--wbt... 🔗 CONNECT WITH ARPITA 🎥 YouTube Channel - / arpitasartjourney 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/artsbyarpita 💻 Website - https://arpitasharma.net 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/arpita-sh... 🔗 CONNECT WITH RETHINK DESI /rethinkdesi 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/rethinkdesi 💻 Website - https://rethinkdesi.org
Leading fundraising efforts for an educational nonprofit in India with Ashesh Kamdar
Ashesh Kamdar is President of Pratham, LA Chapter. He is also the President CEO of GBS Linens, which he joined in 2006. Prior to GBS, Ashesh worked in the technology sector for over a decade. He held various product management, marketing, consulting, and engineering positions with firms such as Symantec, Nortel Networks, Deloitte Consulting, and Hewlett-Packard. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Pratham, established in 1995 to provide education to children in Mumbai slums, is now one of the largest and most successful non-governmental education organizations in India.Working in collaboration with governments, communities, parents, teachers, and volunteers, Pratham focuses on innovative interventions to address gaps in the education system. The clarity of our mission—“every child in school and learning well”—drives us to make an impact on the lives of India’s children and extends from our leadership to our team in the field.Pratham USA is a volunteer-driven organization with 14 chapters across the United States that raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for our work on the ground.Link: https://prathamusa.org/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prathamusa/
Site Visit to an Indian School with Shrithika Logeshwaran
Hi everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Reframe Series, where we are unpacking what it means to be Desi, locally and globally. Please follow ups for more content!
For this week, we will be having a discussion on what a multi-national partnership for promoting education within India looks like. For this discussion, we have Shrithika Logeshwaran, a third-year student at UC Berkeley, who is the project steward for Asha for Education’s Rewards Trust, an organization that adds additional teachers in government schools in India,, and Anandhi ma’am, who is the treasurer of Rewards Trust. Reward works with nearly 70 teachers in 40 government schools in primary, and, upper primary, and high schools in villages in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu.
Asha Berkeley: https://berkeley.ashanet.org/
Connect with Shrithika here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Philanthropy in the South Asian community with Kevin Thomas
Equity and support in urban planning with Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian is Interim Associate Dean for Research for the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Urban Planning at San Jose State University. Her research focuses on how to improve the quality of public engagement about complex urban problems; and how to innovatively use local/indigenous community knowledge to inform planning and policymaking.
#urban planning #education #research #coproducingknowledge
Building a nonprofit organization around mental health with Payal Sawhney
Payal Sawhney (MHA, MSW, LCSW) is a licensed mental health practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in various hospitals in various cities in the field of mental health. She has extensive experience in successfully planning and launching community projects for prevention of mental illness and enhancement of well-being in the South Asian community. She also has an extensive background in developing programs and clinical teams for non profit organizations. She has supervised several graduate and post graduate clinicians in her practice. Her passion is women’s health, working against violence and abuse, and focusing on prevention. She is the founding director of SAAHAS for Cause, a non-profit that aims to support immigrants in their journey in the United States with the challenges they face due to unknown and unfamiliar paths that they have to travel through to reach their dream goal. The organization conducts wellness forums, educational meet-ups, support groups, outreach, and individual mental health sessions in Los Angeles and Orange County. Website: https://www.saahasforcause.org/ Instagram: @saahasforcause YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@saahasforcau...#podcast #immigrants #southasian #southasianamerican #mentalhealth #therapy
Urban planning careers with Saumya Lathia (Part 2)
Saumya is a Research Associate at the Global Center for Environment & Energy at the Ahmedabad University. She also works on the Opportunities for Climate Mitigation and Sustainable Development (OPTIMISM) project, which is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council as part of the research council’s “Towards a Sustainable Earth” program and the DBT at Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Saumya is also an element scientist for the COVID Element in the Third Assessment Report on Cities & Climate Change (ARC3.3) anchored by Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Columbia University. She believes in data-driven decision making and the use of high-quality research for advocacy. Her research focuses on the intersection of urban planning and climate change, urban and regional equity, and climate resilience. Saumya holds a Master’s in Planning degree from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a specialization in sustainable development, and a bachelor’s degree in Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad. During her time at CEPT, she received a prestigious UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) scholarship to study comparative urban development and planning. Saumya also received the Best Gender Thesis Award in 2017, for her undergrad thesis, ‘Gender and Public Spaces: A Case Study of Sabarmati Riverfront’. You can connect with her here: https://instagram.com/saumya_lathia?i... #podcast #southasian #immigrants #urbanplanning #usc #cept #internationalstudents #h1bvisa #immigrationlaws #climatechange #equity
Urban planning careers with Saumya Lathia (Part 1)
Saumya is a Research Associate at the Global Center for Environment & Energy at the Ahmedabad University. She also works on the Opportunities for Climate Mitigation and Sustainable Development (OPTIMISM) project, which is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council as part of the research council’s “Towards a Sustainable Earth” program and the DBT at Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Saumya is also an element scientist for the COVID Element in the Third Assessment Report on Cities & Climate Change (ARC3) anchored by Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Columbia University. She believes in data-driven decision making and the use of high-quality research for advocacy. Her research focuses on the intersection of urban planning and climate change, urban and regional equity, and climate resilience. Saumya holds a Master’s in Planning degree from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a specialization in sustainable development, and a bachelor’s degree in Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad. During her time at CEPT, she recieved a prestigious UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) scholarship to study comparative urban development and planning. Saumya also received the Best Gender Thesis Award in 2017, for her undergrad thesis, ‘Gender and Public Spaces: A Case Study of Sabarmati Riverfront’. You can connect with her here: https://instagram.com/saumya_lathia?igshid=Yzg5MTU1MDY=
Overcoming anxiety, worry, and fear with Mrinal Gokhale
Hi everyone, welcome back for Season 2 of the Reframe Series podcast. This podcast helps us unpack what it means to be Desi locally and globally. Before we get started, please like and subscribe! Mrinal Gokhale is an Indian-American writer with a special interest in psychology and wellness. As a former freelance journalist, she has worked for minority owned publications in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the most segregated city in the U.S. Though she has covered many events on Mental Health Awareness Month in the Black and Hispanic communities, she felt there was lack of education surrounding Asian mental health, and strived to change that. Her aim is to help other South Asians navigating mental health journeys in the western part of the world feel less alone, and to promote education and acceptance of mental health in South Asian communities. Her book, Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted shares true stories of second generation Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants and how they navigate mental health in the West. From topics like identity, culture, religion, socialization, academia, love, loss, and trauma, each unique story unveils a part of the shadow (saaya) of mental health in the South Asian diaspora.
You can check out her book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57940012-saaya-unveiled
Contact Info: https://linktr.ee/mgokhale
Meeting the Co-Founder of Rethink Desi, Arpita Sharma
So finally the last episode of Season 1 of Reframe series is out now.
For episode 15 we have the Co-Founder of Rethink Desi, Arpita Sharma. Arpita holds dual Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Planning from the University of Southern California and a BA in Development Studies with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Arpita is interested in helping nonprofits, local governments, and philanthropy groups better understand issues of immigrant integration and racial justice, economic inclusion and climate equity, and social movements and governing power. Prior to joining the Equity Research Institute team, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research on policy issues related to capital access for minority entrepreneurs and small business owners at the Milken Institute. She also worked as a Research Analyst at Estolano LeSar Advisors where she assisted in implementing active transportation projects for LA Metro and developing an equitable economic development plan for Cathedral City. Arpita’s passion for social justice work began in her youth when she learned about the importance of empathy, compassion, and advocacy as a first-generation immigrant living with a brother with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with strength and beauty. Since then, she has worked with several organizations both in the United States and India to help solve challenges in education, health, and economic development.
#rethinkdesi #reframeseries #publicpolicy #dataanalyst #socialchange #southasiancommunity #southasians #usa
Meeting the Co-Founder of Rethink Desi, Manu Multani
Welcome back to the podcast, today, we will be learning more about Manu Multani, the Co-Founder of Rethink Desi. Multani is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is focusing on how youth formulate their sexual scripts in Panjab, India-- namely, how are they defining romance, love and intimacy and how do phenomenon like globalization influence their decision-making. She is currently working on her documentary film that she shot in Panjab related to her research. She is curious about how the Punjabi diasporic community comes together and wants to capture this through her photography and filmmaking. She is also a teaching and research assistant at her graduate school and holds a Master’s in Global Health. Her previous experiences span the private and public sector on issues such as homelessness and housing, abortion access, being a full-spectrum doula and as a trauma-informed yoga instructor. She currently is the mother of a 10-year-old pup named Poca and is happily married.
You can see some of her work here: https://thebullmag.com/punjab-to-cali...
Developing Joyous Resilience in an Unequal World
Welcome back to another episode of the Reframe Series.
Today, we have Anjuli Sherin with us. Sherin is a Pakistani-American licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in trauma recovery, resilience building and cultivating joy. She has over 16 years of practice working with immigrant, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and LGBTQI+ populations. Sherin received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Mary Washington University and her M.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has trained and mentored with leading figures in trauma recovery and energy psychology, including Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Staci Haines and Vianna Stibal.
In addition to awards for academic excellence and community service, Sherin received the 2007 Emerging Leader Award from the E-Women Network and has been featured in O Magazine as a finalist for the O Magazine/White House Leadership Project. Her new book is Joyous Resilience: A Path to Individual Healing and Collective Thriving in an Inequitable World.
You can check out her book here: https://www.anjulisherinmft.com/book....
Learn more about Anjuli here: https://www.anjulisherinmft.com/
Also, please follow her on Instagram: anjulisherinmft
The Process of Writing Children's Books
In episode 12, we talk about "Writing Children's Books for Desi Kids in US" with a very special guest who is a writer, mom and kindergarten teacher, Jyoti Rajan Gopal. Growing up, she lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India and China. Twenty-eight years ago, she moved to New York and now lives in Yonkers in a quirky old Victorian, with her husband and two daughters. Jyoti currently writes stories that speak to her heart, that reflect her multiple identities, that she wishes her daughters had growing up, that she wishes her students had now. When not writing or teaching, she loves to work in her garden, dance, and explore the many New York State Park trails.
Climate Change: From Research to Market
In this episode we discuss "Climate Change: From Research to Market." We get into conversation with Nikhil Gargeya who is a Senior Strategic Partnership’s Manager at Activate, a nonprofit organization that empowers scientists to reinvent the world by bringing their research to market to address climate change and other global challenges of our time. His work between the government and private sector, transforms scientists into high-impact entrepreneurs through a fellowship that guides them along every step of the journey. Before this, Nikhil worked with next47, the Siemens venturing arm. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley. He has been on the board of YPE SF Bay Area and he is also a Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) Fellow.
Community Organizing for Climate Action
In this episode, we interview Puji Masireddy, a high school student living in Pennsylvania. She is a Youth Advisory Board member, originally joining ACE as a PA Action Fellow. During the fellowship, she was involved in the Enough! campaign and voter registration work. She is also a member of the Youth Leadership Team where she develops strategies and creative branding ideas for the renewable energy campaign. In addition, she is on ACE’s Youth Advisory Board to support the ACE staff in ensuring voices of youth are heard and amplified in the climate space. In addition to Puji’s work within ACE, she focuses on environmental justice advocacy and organizing in Chester, PA. One of the nation’s largest trash incineration facilities is located in Chester and it causes rampant air pollution and contributes to environmental racism in the region. For the past year, Puji has been working on a campaign called Boycott Ocean City, Maryland to put pressure on OCMD’s City Council to refuse renewing their contract with the incinerating company, Covanta and to start recycling instead.
During the video, we talk about study groups around social justice, here is the link to check them out: https://cooperationhumboldt.com/study...
Link to ACE: https://acespace.org/
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In conversation" Co-Founder of "India Currents" Magazine
In this 8th episode of the REFRAME series, we meet Vandana Kumar, who is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents Magazine in 1987 and published an award-winning print magazine from April 1987 to Dec 2017. Fully digital today, India Currents has the largest following among Indians in the United States.
Vandana has won awards for Overall Excellence at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards hosted by the San Francisco Press Club over the past several years. Vandana has won the Asian American Hero Award from the County of Santa Clara and the Leadership in Business award from the California Legislature Assembly. In 2020, Vandana was nominated as an American Leadership Fellow, Class XXXIX (39) with the American Leadership Forum. Vandana cares deeply about social justice and serves on the Friends of PACT Advisory Board. Vandana is President Emeritus, Board of Directors of Narika, an organization that serves women facing domestic violence.
South Asians Discuss Roe vs Wade, a POC Perspective
Manu Multani and Arpita Sharma discuss the legislation currently at-risk with the Supreme Court in the United States, May 14, 2022. In the spirit of solidarity, we find it necessary to share this episode today, in this critical moment, and include resources to organize/resist this moment while also recognizing the need to address the health consequences that such conversations are bringing for POC/Global Majority. In this episode, we attempt to unpack the policy arguments to help make them more understandable and accessible and share what they imply for human rights, debunking some myths around abortion and contextualizing the consequences for POC.
National Abortion Federation Fund
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Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights at https://www.actioncanadashr.org/ or call their confidential access line at 1-888-642-2725
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"Unbelonging" of South Asians in American Society....
So we are back with another episode 7 of REFRAME series.
This time with us is Dr. Gayatri Sethi (PhD). Sethi is an educator, writer, and independent consultant. She teaches and writes about Social Justice, Global Studies, and Comparative Education. Born in Tanzania and raised in Botswana, she is of Punjabi descent, multilingual, and polycultural. She reflects on these lifelong experiences of identity, immigration, and belonging in her debut non-fiction book titled Unbelonging. She is also the co-founder of the Desi KidLit community, an initiative to build solidarity among South Asian diasporic writers for young people. When she is not reading or recommending reads on Instagram as @desibookaunty, she is envisioning traveling and gathering in community safely again.
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Disability stigma with Iman
In episode 3 of the Reframe series we meet Iman, a young Bangladeshi woman with multiple chronic illnesses and we talk about her life, her challenges, and what she wished people knew more about disabilities.
You can follow here on Instagram: @alilbitofaith & @iiman.r
You can check out more about POTS and the film mentioned here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/behindthevisiblefilm
We discussed Chronically Brown, you can find out more about them here: https://chronicallybrown.com/
South Asians discuss Feminist empowered
So we are back with another episode 6 of REFRAME series. In this episode Manu Multani, researcher in Anthropology & Social Change and I talk about feminist empowerment and what does that actually mean for us.
In this episode we talk about the realities of being a woman, some of the challenges to feeling in control over our lives, and strategies we've developed to help ourselves.
Isolation and Connection with Prithvi Deore
Hi friends, in this episode we are interviewing Prithvi, an immigrant from India who is an urban planner working for a metropolitan organization in the United States. We are talking about how she deals with isolation and the process of building connection in a brand new country.
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to study in the US for a non engineering/computer science/md degree, this episode might be for you.
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South Asians discuss Healthcare in US
Hello friends, in this episode, we talk about our experiences with healthcare as South Asians, some of the challenges we've had and recommendations we have for hospital administrators, and patients. These are just our personal views as experiences of the healthcare system in the US, they are not meant to be representative of all South Asians, but as a tool to encourage discussion among listeners.
Following your passions as South Asians in US with Sai Raj Kappari
In this episode, we are talking with Sai Raj Kappari, who is the first Indian nursing facility administrator in the State of Louisiana. We discuss his journey, where his passion for taking care of the elderly started, and how it has changed his life.
Thank you to my Patreon subscribers for helping to supporting this content! Tara and Vishesh, you are greatly appreciated!
Sexuality in the Desi community of US
This is the first episode of the reframe series, where we are challenging ourselves to have conversations about challenging topics within the South Asian community. We started out by having our attempt at talking about a topic most of us shy away from - sexuality!
Join us along our journey!