I’m interested in finding connections between justice, education, creativity, and the soul:
How do we open space for healing and friendship at the root of social change?
To explore this question, I recently spent an amazing year at the Baha’i House of Worship for North America, writing and working with others in the Chicago area who are inspiring collective action through the arts, sciences, religion, women’s voices and indigenous knowledge. Our aim is to foster bonds of mutual support and trust, especially between communities where there is a legacy of fear and oppression.
I’ve lived and traveled throughout the United States, UK, Europe and the Middle East, teaching and learning from women, youth, and minority communities.
Some of the organizations I’ve worked with include Ashoka, the Institute for Educational Leadership, Eastside Educational Trust, the European Press Prize, and The Guardian. I’ve also worked on documentaries for broadcast on National Public Radio and the BBC, including the documentary film To Light a Candle.
In 2014, I was lucky enough to design and teach a class to 17 young Roma leaders from across Europe. The course “Voice and World” explored the intersection of self-expression and social justice. It was part of the Roma Access Program, at Central European University in Budapest.
I have a BA International Relations and Education from American University in Washington DC, and an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
I give workshops on self-expression and poetry to people of all ages.