Chandani Patel, PhD

Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Educational Contexts and Beyond

About Me

Name pronunciation: chAHn-duh-nee pUH-tel  | Click here for pronunciation audio file

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am an educator, mentor, scholar, and advocate dedicated to creating more inclusive teaching and learning environments and building a more just world. Central to the work that I do to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the preK -12 and higher education contexts and other sectors is my strong scholarly and professional grounding in postcolonial studies, social justice education, and critical pedagogy. I also have extensive leadership experience in the field of teaching and learning and have cultivated robust facilitation, consultation, assessment, and collaboration skills over the arc of my career. I excel at working with diverse audiences to support diversity, equity, and inclusive efforts and initiatives -- from what takes place in the classroom or meeting space to the organizational and institutional level.

 

I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. My scholarly work focuses on transnational networks and questions of home and belonging within the Afro-Indian Ocean, with particular attention to the literature of South Asians in East and South Africa, as well as on literary connections between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds. I serve as the co-chair of the Academic Council as well as on the Editorial Collective for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).  

I am currently the inaugural Director of Equity and Inclusion at Rowland Hall, an independent preK-12 school in Salt Lake City. 

 
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“[O]ur capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.”

 

~ bell hooks

Services

I have presented and facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on equitable and inclusive teaching and learning, active learning, metacognition, critical self-awareness, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts. I have also worked with dozens of partners across several institutions to build more equitable and inclusive departmental and organizational cultures.

 

I am available to present or consult on:

  • Foundations of Inclusive Teaching 

  • Teaching a Diverse Syllabus

  • Cultivating Intercultural Competence 

  • Inclusive Grading and Assessments 

  • Teaching Difficult Texts and Topics 

  • Managing Conflict in the Classroom 

  • Building Inclusive Futures in Learning and Workplace Environments 

  • Inclusive Program Facilitation (for facilitators or educators)

  • Creating an Equitable and Inclusive Action Plan (for departments, organizations, and individuals)

Inquire below for a free consultation. 

 

All services available virtually.

Testimonials

“I have always loved going to workshops led by Chandani: she is knowledgeable, articulate, and clear. Her pedagogical choices in the workshop help move the conversation forward. I felt good leaving this workshop because we spent most of our time focused on what to do going forward, rather than complaining about the challenges we've faced. Simultaneously, I always felt that the challenges that were voiced felt affirmed and legitimized. Chandani's skill as a facilitator really showed through in this workshop!”

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