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Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer and activist. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Building Movement Project where she curates a project called Solidarity Is which provides trainings and narratives to build deep and lasting multiracial solidarity.  Deepa is the creator of the social change ecosystem map framework and the host of the Solidarity Is This podcast. Deepa has worked on immigrant and racial justice issues for over two decades. She was the former executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, and has held positions at Race Forward, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and the Asian American Justice Center. Deepa’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book AwardDeepa has received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

3 Credit(s)

People-powered social movements are creating the conditions for significant institutional and policy changes, and students will analyze the characteristics, phases, motivations, and demands of such movements encompassing health equity, climate change, racial, immigrant and gender equality, and economic justice in the US and beyond. How do these movements meaningfully influence public policy solutions? What is the role of social media, technology, group identity, and community organizing? What are the connections between social movements and the nonprofit sector? Particular attention will be given to analyzing how these movements are shaping the public policies of current and past presidential Administrations.

Faculty: Deepa Iyer