Jahnavi Nikkam is the Policy & Data Administrator of Black Freedom Factory. She currently is a senior at Trinity University, graduating in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Sociology.
She is a daughter of Indian immigrants and is very passionate about nuanced dialogue in intersectional social advocacy. Her role as Dialogue Chair and President of Trinity Diversity Connection has provided her the opportunity to educate students on current events and social justice issues.
Her work with Tigers Against Aramark fought against the prison industrial complex and enabled Trinity to rethink what on-campus dining can look like in a way that encompasses the university’s DEI goals. Previously, she worked as a legal assistant at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law through the Hickton Center for Community Legal Services and Clinical Legal Education. There, she helped immigrants requesting asylum, individuals seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), refugees, immigrant women and child survivors of domestic violence, and other immigrant populations.
She loves to dance Bharatanatyam, sing Carnatic music and hopes to utilize her skills to create instrumental change in spaces of vulnerability.