Scholarly and Community Advisor
Nayantara Sen is the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Project Associate, where she supports the oral history project, organizes dynamic public programming and builds partnerships. Previously, Nayantara worked as a Racial Justice Training Associate at RaceForward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, where she facilitated workshops and trainings, developed curricula on issues of race, immigration, and reproductive justice, and consulted with non-profit, public sector and public health clients to help them with problem-solving and racial equity program development. Nayantara uses popular education and Theatre of Oppressed for education and facilitation, and has trained non-profit professionals, students, educators, grassroots activists, Occupy Wall Street organizers, and decentralized networks of organizers working with people of color constituents. She was program staff on ARC’s Better Together project, which deepens connections between the LGBTQ rights and racial justice movements, and was involved in ARC’s Millennials project, which investigates the racial attitudes of young people in the US. Prior to the Applied Research Center, Nayantara was the Program Director of the East Lansing Film Festival, an independent film festival in the Midwest. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Youngist.org, a media organization powered by young people, and JustInfo, a service organization helping people impacted by the criminal-penal system in New York. Nayantara has a B.A in English Literature from Michigan State University. She is an M.A candidate at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, studying Postcolonial and Diasporic Literature, Social Movement and Critical Race Theory and Creative Writing. She researches the relationships between decolonial storytelling, narratives of migrant women, social change practice and movement building. Nayantara eats icecream everyday, collects textiles and fabrics, and writes short fiction.