As Associate Director, Neeraja contributes to the strategic leadership of Ginsberg as part of the executive team. Neeraja leads Ginsberg's work with academic partners, supporting faculty, academic program staff, and graduate students who want to integrate community engagement into their courses, research, and programs. In addition to providing strategic leadership, she offers individual consultations and workshops, administers the Ginsberg Center's Faculty Grants program, serves on the editorial team for the Michigan Journal for Community Service Learning, and supervises 15 Graduate Academic Liaisons (doctoral students from across the University who facilitate workshops to prepare students and support other projects at the Ginsberg Center). She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Michigan Engaging Communities through the Classroom (MECC), a DEI facilitator in U of M's Facilitator Engagement Program through Organizational Learning, and an IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) Qualified Administrator.
At U of M, Neeraja has also worked with CRLT as an Instructional Consultant. 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. 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. Her commitment to social justice education is rooted in her personal experiences as an immigrant from India and her work in anti-bias education. Community-engaged learning brings together her interests in social justice, teaching and learning, and values-centered practices.
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.
Contact Neeraja if you want to learn more about:
- Resources or consultation for your community-engaged course or research
- Potential community partners for your community-engaged efforts
- Funding opportunities for faculty community-engaged research or teaching
- Publishing your community-engaged scholarship or the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
- How we prepare students for community engagement (and/or to request a workshop)
- Our Graduate Liaison program for doctoral students