Advisory Board members, Varshini + Danielle, have a conversation about the impact of accessible information and resources, especially around diversity, equity, and inclusion. This interview is part of a series on Channel Kindness Radio in which members of Born This Way Foundation’s Advisory Board interview each other about their various experiences, perspectives, and hopes.
Check out the podcast below + the transcript below here:
Varshini B. (she/her/hers) is pursuing her graduate studies at The New School for Social Research. She is currently working as a researcher at a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm. Growing up across six countries, Varshini has always been curious about the human experience and the cultural forces that shape it. Varshini’s anthropological training, passion for storytelling, and commitment to equity and justice guide her thinking and work.
Danielle B. (she/her/hers) is an Indigenous (Ojibwe) and Queer diversity champion, robotics inventor, and advocate for underserved youth who has been educating children since she was ten. She creates innovative and accessible learning solutions utilizing robots that she invents and donates to youth to reduce the barrier to entry to valuable technical skills. Founding The STEAM Connection, her educational nonprofit, has helped her reach hundreds of thousands of youth around the world. From mentoring 35 youth robotics teams, to fighting through sexism as a woman in engineering, to working as a diversity champion and speaker, she is a tenacious advocate for the child that she once was. She is one of PEOPLE’s Girls Changing the World, is a L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth, and was recently honored in Women of Worth, an NBC Special. She was just featured as the cover story for Winds of Change by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, her favorite charity.