A bit about myself: I am part of the South Asian diaspora, a first-generation immigrant, middle class, non-binary, queer, fat, disabled person.
I am sharing my positionality to stress the voice I speak for first and foremost: myself. I am not a representative for the experiences of all POC folks or racialized queer folks. In turn, I am striving to mindful of not over-stepping my lived experience to speak for others’ experiences. If you ever notice anything that gives you a moment of pause in this regard, I invite you to call me in/out. I am genuinely grateful for the emotional labour and generosity that goes into holding me accountable to our learning community. Thank you.
You can usually find me trying to multi-task while listening to audiobooks. I‘m also perfecting my nadan beef, and watching lots of Malayalam movies. My one corny hobby is writing love songs to my partner using my handy ukulele. I used to write extensively as a teenager but lost touch with my creative side in the stress of survival. My new-found privilege (through steady employment) and the encouragement of my friends & peers has helped me pick up my virtual quill yet again.
I’ve been working since the age of 13 from my first paper route to my current role as an elementary school teacher in Toronto. I’m also currently a Masters student at OISE. I would say more on this, but you could also check out my LinkedIn below. Just saying. 💁🏽♀️
My current wonderings are around queerness historically and currently in South Asia; the space between education policy creation and application; and the need for a cross-curricular focus on equity, inclusion and anti-oppression.
I find the more I learn, the less I truly know.
I hope you’ll join me on this learning journey with radical love, ontological humility (the Leo in me will be trying very hard), critical theory and a commitment to manifest equity.
In love, power & solidarity,
I want this blog to be a space for front-line educators to reflect critically, build social justice praxis and to bring that sense of immediacy back to their school communities for more action-oriented work.
This is urgent work, and your support allows me to commit more fully.