Shweta was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to the US in 2005 to pursue her doctorate in political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She cut her teeth in social justice movements for Palestine, nuclear disarmament, actions against US imperialist wars in Afghanistan while in India, and in Asians for Black Lives Matter in Portland.
She considers it her life’s work to fight for social justice wherever life, immigration and capitalism takes her. In that vein, Shweta has over ten years of research experience, with a significant proportion of that time spent in developing and implementing a research justice vision that is compatible with and moves towards achieving social justice change. Prior to joining Race Forward, Shweta worked for Coalition of Communities of Color in Portland where she was the founding director of their Research Justice Center and a member of the regional Metro government’s Committee on Racial Equity.
She has authored publications such as Leading With Race: Research Justice in Washington County, set up Portland’s first community-driven hate violence tracking system through Portland United Against Hate, and research capacity building work among communities of color in Oregon. She also serves on the 501c4 arm of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).
She brings to Race Forward her decolonizing research values, community-based participatory research methodologies and quantitative research skills with a strong racial equity analysis. Being an immigrant woman of color, she considers it vital to have a transnational lens to understand and participate in ‘local’ social justice spaces.
She loves relaxing by video-chatting with her community in different parts of the world, force-cuddling her dog, Mellow Dorai, watching Korean dramas and laughing to radical social justice stand-up comics.