My passion is to work with social change advocates to make our world a more just place while spreading beauty and joy.
I won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Services Award in 2008 for my community-based leadership fighting violence against women. I am a content expert in issues related to community-based solutions to violence, intimate violence, economic justice, education, immigrant rights, language access, policy advocacy, racial justice, and media including non-profit film & digital communications.
My arenas of consulting practice include:
- systems change, field development, and policy research & advocacy;
- organizational development including strategic planning, innovative program development, and impact evaluation;
- convenings coordination and trainings;
- media advocacy, non-profit messaging & media production, and strategic communications;
- community engagement methodologies & campaigns; and,
- non-profit governance including leadership development, executive coaching, financial management & capacity building.
To inquire about my consulting services, rates, and availability, reach out at email@example.com.
In 2018, I completed a year-long consultancy with the Center for Court Innovation & Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence to support re-envisioning New York City’s abusive partner intervention programs. The City recently launched “Interrupting Violence at Home” to provide community-based services outside the criminal legal system. You can read Seeding Generations: New Strategies Towards Services for People Who Abuse, the full report on my research and systems change advocacy.
I currently develop and lead trainings on cultural responsivity in the courts with the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence, provide anti-racist trainings for educators with the Center for Racial Justice in Education, and spearhead policy advocacy convenings on economic security for advocates working to end gender violence with the Women of Color Network.
My prior consulting projects have delved sex selection in the South Asian American community and trafficking. I have planned a convening of anti-racial profiling advocates, taught Asian American literature courses at Hunter College, supported the development of Kundiman, a national Asian American writers organization, and contributed to the Huffington Post.
For nearly eight years, I served as the executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women. Through my leadership, I enabled increased language access in New York State and enhanced approaches to ending violence. I have been asked to provide expert commentary on violence against women and/or the South Asian community in interviews conducted by CNN, WABC in New York City, New York Times, New York Newsday, WNYC, and a range of ethnic broadcast and print media including GEO TV, India Abroad, Indian TV, New Delhi TV, SONY, and TV Asia.
You can hear about my own leadership lessons here.
Purvi in the Media and Media Production (Selected)
- Seeding Generations: New Strategies Towards Services for People Who Abuse
- “Interrupting Violence at Home” NYC Initiative
- Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions in Social Crossings Toolkit
- Teachers Get Schooled on Talking Race (WNYC)
- Movement to Power
- Language Access: Considerations & Recommendations for Advocates Supporting Survivors of Violence
- Survivors of Violence & Economic Security: Focus on Reentry Populations
- Survivors of Violence & Economic Security: Focus on T- and U-Visas
- The Value of Vigil(ance) in Ending Sexual Violence (Huffington Post Impact)
- A New York Vigil for Jyoti Singh Pandey (Lassi with Lavina)
- Vigils Held World-Wide for Delhi Rape Victim (India Real Time, WSJ)
- Together We Are New York: Asian Americans Remember and Re-Vision 9/11 (LMCC)
- Making Change Through Nonprofit Work (SPAN)
- Asylum from Domestic Violence (The Brian Lehrer show, WNYC)
- Study Finds Gaps in Aid for Non-English Speakers in State Civil Courts (The New York Times)
- Pakistani Rape Victim Comes to US to Speak Out for Women’s Rights (WNYC)
- What Creates Change? Short Film for Sakhi for South Asian Women
- What’s On Your List? PSA for Sakhi for South Asian Women
- Courthouse Accessibility for Limited English Proficient Individuals: Justice Speaks 2010 New York Survey
- Whose Trauma is It? Vicarious Trauma and its Impact on Court Interpreters (Proteus, the newsletter of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) (scroll to the Winter 2009 articles)
- Addressing Domestic Violence and Self-Sufficiency
- Regarding Media Advocacy
- Regarding Court Interpretation Needs