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 Dalit diasporic activist, scientist, and community organizer. She believes in the power of oppressed people to tell their history with autonomy. Trained as a scientist, she believes in the potential for dialectics to build community resistance against oppression, given they are first laid on foundations that account for historical disparities . As Research Director at Equality Labs, she works to create participatory knowledge projects that can counter oppressor-caste and white supremacist modes of historiography. Maari is a co-founder of Dalit History Month and the recipient of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Follow her on twitter @maarizwick.

 

 
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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 activist, digital security trainer, and student organizer from India. Coming from a Buddhist family, she resolved to work for the Dalit Adivasi and 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 marginalized students across India. She believes that social media is a powerful tool in the hands of Dalit Bahujan and Adivasis, allowing them to organize for resistance and to share with the rest of the world their histories. Asandhi is a co-founder of Dalit History Month and her work has been recognized by the Savitribai Phule International Award. Follow her @dalitfeminist.

 
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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. 

 
 
 
 
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TEESTA TORA

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR                         

Teesta is a Dalit organizer committed to women's economic, health, and social well being. She believes in each person's ability to heal and thrive through self-expression. Teesta's work keeps us grounded and going . Teesta is also our resident meme expert. 

 
 
 
 

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