Student Advisory Council Meeting w/ Kayhan Irani


Friday, March 25, 2022, 11:00am to 12:00pm


2 Arrow St. 4th Floor, Room 408

Join us for our second Student Advisory Council of the semester! We will be joined by Kayhan Irani, who is an Emmy-award winning writer, a performer, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer.

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About Kayhan
Kayhan is the daughter of an Irani father, whose parents migrated to Bombay from Yazd, and a Parsi mother, whose ancestors migrated to India pre-colonization. She was born in Bombay and raised in New York City where her love of storytelling was fed by rich and varied forms of cultural expression and nurtured her passion for social change through art. She is an Emmy-award winning writer, a performer, a cultural activist, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates storytelling spaces to build community, offer healing, and to re-connect participants to their innate creativity and transformative power. She works internationally and in the U.S. with community organizations, social service providers, educational spaces, and government agencies to expand what’s possible when we deepen our relationships to culture, story, and community.

Kayhan was one of ten artists named by President Obama’s White House as a 2016 White House Champion of Change for her storytelling work. Her one-woman show, We've Come Undone toured nationally and internationally, telling stories of Arab, South Asian and Muslim-American women in the wake of 9/11. She has trained hundreds of groups in Theater of the Oppressed and participatory storytelling tools over the years, both nationally and overseas, in Afghanistan, India, and Iraq.

In 2012 Kayhan was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher in India working on her play, Tree of Seeds and studying Parsi embroidery and identity-making with the PARZOR Foundation. She is currently building There is a Portal, an immersive digital experience, pedagogy, and refugee leadership development model that asks how we can create networks of belonging even when we feel most broken.

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About SAC
The Student Advisory Council (SAC) membership gives students invested in Ethnic and Indigenous Studies, and in studies of migration and human rights, opportunities to advise on EMR programming. Representatives from EMR Working Groups, the Ethnic Studies Coalition, and the Task Force for Asian American Progressive Advocacy and Studies offer organizational updates and peer support, and strategize intergroup collaborations. Important aspects of our regular operations, such as the weekly EMR newsletter, began around this table as student suggestions!

SAC meetings are monthly, and all interested students and faculty are welcome to attend any meeting.