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Sasha Lakshmi Ponappa

Personal Info
Sasha, a brown Indian woman, has brown eyes and medium length dark brown hair with bangs. She is wearing rose-gold saree with traditional Indian necklaces and a bindi. Sasha is smiling in front of a blurred olive green and white backdrop.
Speaker Bio: 

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, and is a proud member of the beautiful and vibrant Deaf culture. 

Presentation Info

Finding Social Justice a Meaningful Home in Academia

Monday, May 1, 2017
Presentation 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Q&A 8:00 - 9:00 PM
CSD Student Development Center 1300/1310

This 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.


Lecture Video