Meet our organizing team:
Special thanks to our support organizers!
My Hi I'm Shabana! I'm a Kashmiri currently based in Richmond, VA. I recently finished up 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.
Justina is an Indo-Caribbean born and raised in Queens, NY. Being a Guyanese "coolie" is central to their experience of belonging to the South Asian diaspora. They are currently a political organizer deeply devoted to empowerment of marginalized peoples. A Taurus sun, they can be both a lovely cow or a stubborn bull. They have an affinity for cities, comic books, and their pet pitbull named Blu. In their free time, you can find them scribbling in their notebook.
Varun (he/him) is a facilitator, writer, and organizer. He is a cis queer man from an upper class, savarna Hindu Punjabi family. He was born in Hartford, CT and is currently living and teaching in Englewood, NJ. He is a student of the movements for ethnic studies and healing justice, and to end sexual violence and border imperialism. In his free time, he can usually be found listening and dancing to reggaeton and bachata alone in his apartment and eating Reese's Peanut Butter cups.
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 this year. She is inspired by movements for disability justice, reproductive justice, QTPOC community building, and investing in non-romantic relationships.
Hey I’m Victoria! I identify as Indo-Caribbean and I’ve spent most of my life based in Staten Island, NY! My passion for social justice and equity is rooted in inclusive and intersectional community building that honors the ancestral wisdom that we all carry within us. In my free time, you can usually find me soaking up sun by the water. This is my first time taking part in ECSS and I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing and thoughtful collective of both organizers and participants!
Somdatta (they/them) is an upper caste Indian Bengali from New Jersey. They live to fight for workers' right and international solidarity. In their free time, they enjoy sleeping and going to shows. They are thrilled to have the opportunity to be an organizer for ECSS 2019 after being a participant in 2016.
Sarah (they/she) is a Guyanese, Indo-Caribbean student and community organizer. Her areas of organizing focuses on Palestine solidarity, reproductive justice and anti-gentrification work; all of which is done with acknowledgement that all of these issues are connected to each other and to advocate for one is to advocate for all. She loves complaining and baking lemon flavored things.
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.
Ishan Bose is an Indian Bengali born and raised in central Virginia. He is currently studying Economics and Statistics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ishan believes strongly in solidarity between people of color and supports organizations created by PoC meant to uplift PoC and dismantle white supremacy. In his free time, he likes to watch movies on Netflix and think about poetry (occasionally writing as well).
Hima is a New Jersey Malayali who marinated a tad bit in Dubai as a child. They are as an aspiring therapist/social worker, they are interested in learning how to transform cycles of abuse, intergenerational & historical trauma into inheritances of love, care, and acceptance within oneself, families, and communities. Their hobbies include laying in bed, watching baby videos, and eating food, preferably all at the same time.
Hi! I'm Bhupali, an introverted Leo and self-appointed defender of New Jersey. I'm Indian (Marathi) and savarna (upper-caste). I care about reproductive justice, especially about creating more comprehensive and accessible sex ed. I owe a lot of my framework for organizing to the prison abolition movement. I participated in ECSS in 2014, and I'm so excited to be back! I'm welcoming 2018 with open arms, and I can't wait to build with you all.
Sarika/ Saru is from Long Island, NY and of Punjabi, Sikh & Hindu, upper caste and class background. She is committed to working in solidarity with communities of color directly impacted by injustices to disrupt flows of power and privilege. Saru is passionate about building collectively and creating affirming spaces drawing from their experiences as a youth worker! Through her art, organizing, and life aspirations, Saru strives to be a creative channel that inspires and transforms hearts and minds.
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 2018 ECSS Organizing Collective and can't wait to connect with, learn from, and grow with other ahmazing Brown folks.
Srutika is a generation 1.5 Malayali-Canadian transplant in NJ. She identifies as a transnational feminist and the works of Third-World feminist scholars very much inform her activism and art. In addition to creating art featuring dark skinned brown femmes, she enjoys singing to Jpop and analyzing the politics of desire in erotic fanfictions based on anime and video games.
Tenzin (she/they) is a community organizer, facilitator, and an aspiring racial and restorative justice educator from Queens, NY by way of Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a Tibetan-Nepalese from a working-class, immigrant and refugee familial background. She is deeply invested in spirituality, justice, love, and connectedness, and in the healing and liberation of communities of color and low-income communities. She loves art—especially paintings, sculptures, and mixed media art—, spicy food, and spending time with her baby cousins and watching them interact with the world.