Nihaarika Sharma is an ERAPP Educator at Day One. She works with eight middle schools in the Bronx and Harlem to deliver Day One’s educational and interactive workshops that provide students with foundational skills and tools to build healthy and safe relationships. Workshops are tailored to the specific needs of each school or classroom community that engage a variety of learning styles. They participate in the delivery of preventive and informative workshops to end intimate partner violence for middle school students, caregivers, parents, and school staff; as well as link young people and families already experiencing intimate partner violence to direct assistance.
As a survivor of violence, Nihaarika believes in the power of lifting young people's voices and expertise to give them space and tools to safely explore their bodies and relationships.
Prior to working at Day One, Nihaarika spent time outside the college classroom with young girls of color in the community to develop empowerment-focused social justice curriculum. She also worked with incarcerated men at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts, created spaces to talk openly about mental health, and received sexual violence crisis counselor certification. Inspired by all of these experiences, she wrote her major capstone on the nuances of Asian immigrants' experiences of intimate partner violence in the United States.
When not working, Nihaarika can probably be found hunting down the best Southeast Asian food in the city to remind her hometown of Singapore.