RIT/NTID alumna Sasha Lakshmi Ponappa will present "Finding Social Justice a Meaningful Home in Academia" 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 1 in the college's CSD-Student Development Center 1300/1310, as part of the Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series.The lecture will explore how to find social justice a meaningful place in academia where students, faculty and staff are embraced for their intersectional identities. Attendees will gain insight and tools on how to cultivate social justice principles to further enrich the lives of students and the community served. The presenter will draw from her own experiences as a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and how it started a lifelong journey of becoming a proud social justice warrior.
Sasha Lakshmi Ponappa has been an advocate for more than a decade to eradicate violence within Deaf communities in Rochester, New York, Oakland, California, and Washington, D.C. She is the director for the Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College, where she supports deaf, hard-of-hearing and deafblind students in furthering their educational goals, and making their collegiate experience inclusive and accessible. Ponappa received her bachelor's degree in social work from Rochester Institute of Technology and her master’s degree in social work from Gallaudet University, and lives in New York City with her husband, two children and a fur-baby.