Hi, I'm Shabana! I'm a Kashmiri currently based in Richmond, VA. I recently finished my master's thesis in sociology focusing on South Asian identity formation. My cat Simba is the apple of my eye. I'm a Sagittarius, so I have a lot of opinions and thoughts on everything, especially when Kashmir is concerned. I'm an aficionado of samosas, Twix bars, and high fashion discourse. I'm passionate about education and knowledge being accessible to all folks of all socio-economic backgrounds and learning styles.
Jasveen (she/her) is a poet. She is a practicing Sikh from a dominant-caste background. You can find her either in New Delhi or Jersey. She's interested in gender justice, religion, diverse art, and class reform. She hopes to some day finally manage being able to live in two places at once and bridge the gap between the diaspora and the subcontinent.
Tamanna is a Richmond-raised artist, community organizer, and nerd for radical softness. She is Sikh, Punjabi, and upper-caste. After participating in ECSS in 2017, she is thrilled to organize with the collective. She is inspired by movements for disability justice, reproductive justice, QTPOC community building, and investing in non-romantic relationships.
Vriddhi (she/her) is a poet and student of sociology and economics of South Indian background from the Philadelphia area. She is interested in research into gender justice, post-colonial studies, and revolutionary South Asian histories as well as the archival of South Asian women's colonial anthologized poetry. She is passionate and excited to be a part of this space and getting to collaborate, educate, and most importantly be educated.
Anusuya (she/her/hers) is an Indo-Caribbean immigrant who moved from Guyana to New York City. She pursued Public Health as an undergraduate and is working to become a future social worker. She’s passionate about reclaiming her heritage and strengthening her relationship with the divine female energy.
Shivani (she/her) is a Gujarati didi from the suburbs of New York City. She is committed to transnational and postcolonial feminisms and subscribes to the ethics of care. She is passionate about racial justice, democratizing social capital, and contributing to the budding narrative of South Asian Americana. She is inspired by the Ghadar Party, South African Indians' resistance during Apartheid, and the Grunwick dispute's "strikers in saris."
Anushka (she/her) is a Pakistani bred-U.S born-came out of the womb aunty. She is deeply invested in good chai, cheap Bollywood dialogue, Urdu poetry, her pet babies, and pakoras. She is honored and humbled to be a part of the ECSS Organizing Collective and can't wait to connect with, learn from, and grow with other ah-mazing Brown folks.
Saloni is an environmentalist with a passion for justice and healing, especially the ways in which they intersect. She comes from a Gujarati Jain family, grew up in the Midwest and is currently based in DC. In her free time, you can find her practicing and teaching yoga, gardening, talking about feelings, or taking a nap.
Hello! I'm Arunika (she/they), born in New Delhi and raised in the sweltering suburbs of Houston, TX. I'm currently based in Cambridge, MA where I work in the environmental field. I'm an angry (but also often chill) Punjabi ladki who is ready to throw brahminical patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism in the garbage (where they belong) and build a just world centered on collective liberation. My favorite forms of self-care are tending to my plants, experimenting in the kitchen, and sipping tea™ with friends.