As an Early RAPP Educator, Nihaarika works with middle schools in Harlem and the Bronx to provide workshops to youth, caregivers, and school staff on building healthy relationship skills and practicing consent.
Nihaarika is passionate about the intersections of science and social justice, having received her BS/BA in Biology and Peace & Justice Studies from Tufts University. While in college, she spent most of her time outside the classroom working with young girls of color in the community while developing empowerment-focused social justice curriculum. She also spent time working with incarcerated men at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts, creating 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. Doing all of this fostered Nihaarika's love of working with and advocating for young people.
Born and raised in Singapore, Nihaarika is thrilled to be living in New York City. As a survivor of violence, she is deeply committed to Day One's mission and is excited about its focus on lifting young people's voices and expertise, while giving them the space and tools to safely explore their bodies and relationships.