- Bachelor of Arts, Neuroscience, Amherst College, 2015
Swathi's background as a middle school science teacher has been the foundation of her deep commitment to supporting public-serving systems in creating genuine belonging and empowerment for all young people. Swathi supports young people in growing their leadership and advocacy skills and in building partnerships with adult allies to create pathways for young people to directly inform the systems meant to serve them.
Currently, Swathi works as a Program Coordinator with the Opportunity Scholars initiative, the Youth Leadership Advisory Team, and the Young People’s Caucus. Outside of work, Swathi loves to hike, tell and hear stories, lounge with her cats, and sing.
Areas of Expertise
Swathi is skilled in youth engagement, facilitation, and Kingian nonviolence practices and philosophy.
As a teacher, Swathi grew a train-the-trainer nonviolence program in her community, and supported her students in facilitating community-wide conversations on race and racism. She lifted up her students’ efforts to dismantle systemic racism in the public school system by facilitating youth leadership trainings and building bridges between student activists and adult administrators. Swathi believes fiercely in the power of youth-adult collaboration in co-creating systems that support and empower all communities.