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Ananda is the Family, Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Madison Metropolitan School District and former Director of the Restorative Justice Program Director at the YWCA. A native from Brazil, Ananda has worked in human resources, administration and program development and for the past 10 years has focused her attention on social justice, education and equity issues.
Ananda is a graduate student at University of Wisconsin, Madison, department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis and has worked both in college and community settings with elementary, middle and high school youth. Her research is on strategies to address racial inequities, particularly in education. Ananda has dedicated the past 4 years to teaching and implementing Restorative Justice in the schools as a behavior intervention model as well as a conflict resolution strategy. She has been facilitating community building circles with educators, community members and youth and supporting strategies to sustainably transform the conditions of learning environments. Ananda strongly believes that by being in community and sharing our experiences we can co-create meaningful relationships, foster safe and empowered communities and enhance school climate.
Ananda is a former board member of Nuestro Mundo bilingual school in Madison, WI, where she co-facilitated a culturally relevant leadership program for parents. She is the Treasurer for the Latino Education Council, board member of Forward Community Investment, a local community development financial institution and Chair of Communities United, a grassroots social justice coalition.