Photographer: Shan Wallace
For over a decade, Rajani has worked at the intersections of social justice, public health, and the legal system. She has been raised in, trained by, and worked with a variety of communities in movements of liberation together. During this time she has navigated within large institutions, including: Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, and Open Society Foundations.
In 2011, Rajani received her master’s in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. In these studies, she focused on gender-specific and racially equitable approaches to criminalized issues such as drug use and sex work. In 2007, she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English Literature from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Rajani is dedicated to working towards liberation from all forms of structural oppression, including anti-Blackness, misogynoir, rape culture, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamaphobia, and caste apartheid due to brahminism. As part of this liberation work, she is offering movement building services detailed here.
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Rates are negotiable for folks of color who are femme, women, queer, trans, and/or nonbinary. Rajani can decline services and is not required to provide a reason.
Rajani offers one-on-one coaching with individuals looking to build their skills in social justice meeting facilitation and advance their personal racial justice analysis. These services are for people of color, specifically folks within the Asian American, Pacific Islander and South Asian diaspora. For non-API folks interested in these types of services, consider the educational workshops offered by Baltimore Racial Justice Action.
To support groups who are newer to movement building or interested in deepening their movement work, Rajani can offer her facilitation services on a case-by-case basis. Since 2014, she has facilitated hundreds of discussions centering complex social justice issues with multiracial and multigender groups. Currently, Rajani is moved to prioritize woman of color-led groups, and groups willing to engage in continued dialogue and social justice action planning.
Rajani is available to speak at gatherings and events that center the leadership of people of color. She has spoken publicly at a variety of events and conferences led by myriad groups, including: Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Women of Color Beyond Belief, Harm Reduction Coalition, Secular Student Alliance, University of Maryland, National Communication Association, American Humanist Association, and, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.