Neeraja has focused her professional career in higher education on helping students and faculty to make their teaching and learning more student-centered, inclusive and equitable. At the Ginsberg Center, Neeraja supports Faculty, Academic Program Staff and Graduate Student Instructors who want to integrate community engagement into their courses, research, and programs. Her commitment to social justice education is rooted in her personal experiences as an immigrant and her work in anti-bias education. Community-engaged learning brings together her interests in social justice, teaching and learning, and values-centered practices.
At the UofM, she has also worked with CRLT as an Instructional Consultant, most recently co-leading the 2016 Rackahm-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Seminar. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Michigan Engaging Communities through the Classroom (MECC), is a member of Student Life's Well-Being Network Action Team, and is an IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) Qualified Administrator. Prior to joining the Ginsberg Center, Neeraja led graduate student development efforts for 10 years at Northwestern University's Searle Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning. She also worked for 10 years as an anti-bias training facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD of DIFFERENCE Institute.
In her free time, she enjoys attending and participating in local theatre, DIY projects, volunteering at her childrens' schools, and spending time with her family.