Meet our organizing team:
Special thanks to our support organizers!
Hi! I'm Melissa (she/they), a Philly-based organizer, educator, and writer/researcher. I am a soon-to-be lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Critical Writing program, and a workplace researcher, focusing on how academic support staff members write, navigate power, and tell stories in the workplace. I am a founding sister of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAPAWF and an organizer with Philly South Asian Collective. I am deeply interested in using trauma-informed/empathy-centered and femme-centered approaches to organizing. In my free time, I love to read fiction, write, go on food adventures with friends, cook, and spend time with my partner and our cats.
Hi I'm Shabana! I'm a Kashmiri from the DC area, who currently lives in Richmond, VA. I am a graduate student working on my masters in sociology. My research is focused on identity formation and racialization of the South Asian diaspora in the US. I also do organizing work with POCollective and Southerns On New Ground (SONG) and serve as the execitive director of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. In my free time I love talking endlessly about my cat and the liberation of Kashmir.
Shomya (she/her) is a reluctant twenty-something and (confusingly proud) Oriya Texan living in DC. She works as a Youth Organizer with young people across the country advocating for sexual and reproductive justice, and strives to bring an anti-racist and intersectional perspective to all her work. She is a lover of hip-hop, bhangra, and taco bell and spends much of her spare time staring at her phone.
Sonalee (she/they) is a social worker, sex therapist, and organizer based in South Jersey. This will be her third summer at ECSS, and she is excited to bring her contributions on radical body image, colonialism, femme organizing models, and sexuality. She also organizes adults with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective. In her free time she reads nonfiction, collects stationary, travels distances to try new and exotic donuts, and presents fresh ideas at regional conferences. Her family is inter-caste from Maharashtra and UP/Bihar, while living with immense Jersey pride. JERSEYSTRONG.
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).
Eshani (she/her) is a Capricorn twenty-something graduate of Rutgers University currently living in DC. By day, she works as a hotline counselor helping people pay for their abortions, and by night she's usually hanging out at home with her roommate's dog. She participated in ECSS in 2014 and this year marks her fourth (!!!) summer with ECSS. She is incredibly passionate about New Jersey.