Plenary Speakers, Mellon Diversity Conference 2017

Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Since 2010, she has served as Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project, which is based in New York City.

Ms. Bhojwani’s work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in the New York Times. She has shared her personal journey in The Nation and contributes frequently to the The Huffington Post and Medium. Her TED Talk focuses on the importance of immigrants to American democracy.  She is currently writing a book on the challenges of creating a multiracial democracy.

Ms. Bhojwani earned a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where her research focused on immigrant political participation. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. An immigrant of Indian descent, she grew up in Belize and now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Follow her on Twitter: @SayuBhojwani

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Video link to Sayu’s address

Patricia Matthew

Patricia Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University and is the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure. Her work on diversity and inclusion in higher education has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed., The Los Angeles Review of Books and The 

In addition to her work on diversity and inclusion, she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the history of the novel, and abolitionist literature. She is currently writing a book about British abolitionist literature and gender.

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Video link to Trisha’s address

Video link to the panel discussion with Arlene Torres and Alfredo Montero

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