Amita Swadhin

Amita Swadhin is a bicoastal educator, activist and storyteller whose experiences as a queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and survivor of child abuse directly inform her work.  As a media activist, she is the People of Color Media Fellow at GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and Co-Host of the weekly radio show “Flip the Script” on KPFK-LA.  As a storyteller, she is the Coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project she created with the award-winning Ping Chong & Co. featuring survivors of child sexual abuse telling their stories.  With support from the Asian Women Giving Circle, she created the short film “Violent Adult-ISM,” and is developing “Sathya Stories: Truth Over Taboo,” a multimedia exhibit highlighting more survivors’ narratives.  Amita is also Co-Producer and performer of The Sugaran Tour, a caravan of stories by South Asian American female artists.  Over the past decade, she has worked as an educator, youth organizer, and program manager in New York City schools and nonprofit organizations, including Global Kids, Make the Road NY, and Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), and served as Board Chair of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) during its final nine months.  Amita has given presentations nationwide, including appearances at Harvard, Oberlin, New School, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, US Social Forum, and the Allied Media Conference.  She holds a Bachelor’s from Georgetown and an MPA from NYU, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.