Our Staff

Our team has over fifty years of experience as organizers, researchers, technologists, and artists!

 
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THENMOZHI SOUNDARARAJAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a transmedia storyteller, technologist, and journalist who believes story is the most important unit of social  change. Her work has been recognized by the Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Annenberg innovation Center, Slamdance, MIT Center for New Media Studies, The Sorbonne, Source Magazine, Utne Reader, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Follow her work at  twitter @dalitdiva.

 
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MALIPOO
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR                            

Malipoo is a developer and security researcher who is deeply committed to the end of state violence, police brutality and caste apartheid.

They are interested in creating apps, hardware, and other projects that center women, gender non conforming, and trans folks.

 
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MAARI ZWICK-MAITREYI
RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Maari is a South Asian Dalit diasporic activist, scientist, and community technology organizers. She believes in the power of  oppressed peoples to tell their story with autonomy. As a scientist, her deeply held beliefs speak to the potential for science to transform and build community resistance against the ruling classes. She works to create participatory knowledge projects in Equality Labs that center community knowledge production to counter white and Savarna supremacist modes of learning and knowledge building.

 

 
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SAINAIBA ALI 
OPERATIONS
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 COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Sainaba Ali is a South Asian Muslim journalist and researcher. She believes everyone has a story to tell and that we are shaped by listening to and empathizing with each others stories. As a researcher she explores the complex relationship between media, democracy and technology.  Her journalism strives to enable others to tell their truths and create knowledge from unlikely places.  At Equality Labs, she is building infrastructure and workflows that will help anchor the work our growing transnational team.

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ASANDHI MITRA
EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Asandhi is a  Dalit Human Rights activists, Digital Security trainer, and a student organizer from India.

Coming from a South Indian Buddhist family she resolved to work for the Dalit Bahujan liberation early on in her life.  She has been involved with various Buddhist Human Rights organizations on a voluntary basis since 2005 and trained many Dalits Bahujans across India. She believes that social media is a powerful weapon for Dalit Bahujans and Adivasis in order to organize the community and to share with the rest of the world their stories of oppression and resistance.

 
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HARJIT KAUR
SOUTH ASIAN HISTORIES FOR ALL COORDINATOR

 

Harjit Kaur is a lawyer, artist and activist deeply committed to the accurate portrayal of all caste-oppressed migrants. She is passionate about Sikhism and works with many sikh institutions to ensure Sikhs are represented throughout many national and state institutions. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Advisory Board

Sandra Ordonez, Open Technology Foundation

Smitha Dandge, Ambedkar Association of North America

Prachi Patankar, Brooklyn Community Foundation

Huma Dar, Muslim Indentities and Culture, UC Berkeley

Anasuya Sengupta, Whose Knowledge

Sana Din, Indian American Muslim Council