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, sexual citizenship and sexual sovereignty.
When I'm not teaching, I'm deeply involved in communities and organizations striving to foster a world free of violence and injustice. I Co-Chair the Board of Center for Domestic Peace, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence in Marin and beyond. I serve on the Board of FreedomFwd, which seeks to improve systems in San Francisco so that the commercial sexual exploitation of youth is less likely and less harmful. I also serve on the Board of the Gaines-Jones Education Foundation, which creates educational opportunities for African American youth. In 2014, I co founded Asha Rising, a nonprofit that provides permanent housing for elderly women who have experienced sex trafficking, stigma, poverty, homelessness, and gender-based violence during and after aging out of the sex industry in India. I also co founded Diasporadics, New York City's first arts and activism festival for marginalized voices 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. This past year, I was a 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 how to navigate stories about power, gender, race, sexuality, colonization, communication, consent, and relationships to self, others, the body, and the world. A lifelong learner, I am constantly reflecting on the experiences that arise from these stories, and, as I work with various school communities, parents, students, and individuals, tailoring my approach so that I can meet people exactly where they are.
My writing (nonfiction and fiction) has appeared in various publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Buzzfeed (Community Forum), ThreePennyReview, Glimmer Train, South Asia Review, and Crab Orchard Review.