What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

“Guess it’s just us two females hanging out in a crowd of just males once again.” This common phrase was jokingly uttered between Maya and I multiple times throughout our field research in India. Gender inequality is not a new concept to me; it is something I have become very conscious of every summer spent in India. Even though gender inequality exists in America, it is more apparent here in India. Everywhere men dominate public spaces while most women stay inside their houses. When we arrived to the rural areas to conduct our interviews with the end-beneficiaries, the men would crowd around us while the women would be outside their houses looking at us from afar.

5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss The Ashoka U Exchange

5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss The Ashoka U Exchange

People don’t often believe me when I say that the very first Ashoka U conference in 2008 had 40 people sleeping in bunk beds and presenting around a campfire. Eight years later – just a few things have changed!
Today 700 people flock from across the globe to share ideas on how to turn colleges and universities into hubs of social innovation. And after years of convening innovators in changemaker education, we’ve learned what it takes to fuel this growing movement.
The 8th annual Ashoka U Exchange will be co-hosted by Babson College in Boston and will take place on April 5-7th, 2018. As we prepared to open our call for proposals on August 15th, I spent some time reflecting on the Exchange feedback I’ve heard from our community. Here are five reasons I heard that explain why people keep coming back year after year.

Art for Justice: a healing tool for prisoners seeking redemption

Art for Justice: a healing tool for prisoners seeking redemption

In the classic book by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, the main character, Dantes, is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and spends years of his life in solitary confinement with no relief. I remember reading the passage and imagining the hopelessness of the situation...

“Bootstrapping” in social entrepreneurship — and in life

“Bootstrapping” in social entrepreneurship — and in life

I often write about studying Creative Writing in college. What many readers might not know is that I was also a student of the Marshall School of Business during my four years at the University of Southern California. I majored in Creative Writing; I minored in Entrepreneurship.