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Graduate Fellowship

AMITA SWADHIN

Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
Master of Public Administration, May 2010
Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
Specialization: Policy

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Amita Swadhin is dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. She pursues her work as an educator, media-maker, public speaker, writer, and nonprofit consultant.

Amita believes people working for social justice need to understand power, privilege, and the ways in which identity-based oppressions interact to create systemic inequality. She also believes policymakers and social entrepreneurs have a responsibility to involve directly-affected constituents in crafting solutions to social problems. Her commitments to these ideas stem from her experiences as a queer woman of color, a daughter of immigrants, and a survivor of child abuse.

She is the Project Coordinator of Undesirable Elements: Secret Survivors (www.secretsurvivors.org), a theater project that she created with Ping Chong & Co., an award-winning nonprofit theater company in New York. This project features survivors of child sexual abuse telling their stories through dramatic narrative. In addition to a live performance, Secret Survivors includes short films, workshops, and online media components, all aimed at increasing public awareness of the scope, prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse. Amita also sits on the Board of Directors of NYAC (National Youth Advocacy Coalition), a national organization advocating for and with LGBTQ youth, and is completing her year-long Capstone project for her Master's degree at NYU.

Prior to enrolling at NYU, Amita spent eight years as a program manager, educator and youth organizer at Global Kids, Make the Road NY and Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) in New York. Her earlier work, at NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund and the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office, focused on ending physical and sexual violence against women and girls. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.