Chandani Patel, PhD
Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Educational Contexts and Beyond
Name pronunciation: chAHn-duh-nee pUH-tel | Click here for pronunciation audio file
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.
“[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
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:
Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Foundations of Inclusive Teaching
Cultivating Intercultural Competence
Inclusive Grading and Assessments
Teaching Difficult Texts and Topics
Managing Conflict in the Classroom
Creating an Inclusive Workshop Environment
Building Inclusive Futures in Learning and Workplace Environments
Preparing for a Career as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Practitioner
Inclusive Program Facilitation (for facilitators or educators)
Creating an Equitable and Inclusive Action Plan (for departments, organizations, and individuals)
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All services available virtually.
“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!”