Passionate About Inspiring Others
I have worked in education for over twenty years and hold a few degrees, including an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality. I taught at Rutgers University, the Collegiate School for boys, and the Branson School before embarking on the kind of teaching I felt people really needed: the kind that can foster sexual ethics and sexual agency.
When I'm not teaching, I'm deeply involved in communities and organizations striving to foster a world free of violence and injustice. I serve on a number of Boards including FreedomFwd, which seeks to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth in San Francisco by addressing systemic failures that lead to vulnerability. I serve on the Gaines-Jones Education Foundation, which offers scholarships and educational opportunities for African American youth. I also Co-Chaired the Board of Center for Domestic Peace, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence in Marin and beyond. In 2014, I co founded Asha Rising, a nonprofit that provides permanent housing for elderly women who have experienced sex trafficking, alongside stigma, poverty, homelessness, and gender-based violence in India. I also co founded Diasporadics, New York City's first arts and activism festival for cultural producers and activists in the South Asian diaspora. Prior to that, I was a community organizer and Board member of Desh Pradesh, which was committed to providing a community platform for marginalized voices within the South Asian diaspora, namely the voices of queer and gender variant folk, women, artists, people living with HIV and AIDS, refugees, and people living with disabilities. I speak widely on sexual literacy, sexual ethics, consent, and ending gender-based violence. I am also a recent recipient of the Humanitarian Award by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) for my work in the field of Human Sexuality.
I have long taught others to examine how stories about power, place, gender, race, class, and ability can affect relationships to self, sexuality, others, and the world. As an educator focused on sexual ethics, I reflect on the beliefs, values, and behaviors that arise from these stories, and, as I work with various school communities, parents, students, and individuals, strive to tailor my approach so that I can meet people where they are.
My writing (nonfiction and fiction) has appeared in various publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Buzzfeed (Community Forum), The Three Penny Review, Brevity, Glimmer Train, South Asia Review, and Crab Orchard Review.