Center for Participatory Change announces new co-directors

Press release from the Center for Participatory Change:

(Asheville, NC) – The Center for Participatory Change – CPC is proud to introduce new Co-Directors, Giannina Callejas and Samhita Kudva, to the community.

Giannina Callejas is a millennial cisgender woman, first-generation college graduate, and an immigrant who believes the answer to all questions is LOVE. Giannina was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Queens, NYC. Her vision is to pilot a national movement that will lead us not into oppression but toward equality for all of humanity. Her dream is to live a life of bliss that is not contested by despair or defied by misery. Her prophecy is to discover herself by providing service to the goodness of the world.

Samhita Kudva is first-generation South Asian, gender-nonconforming cis woman who has been living and working in North Carolina since 2004 (by way of Madison, WI; Erie, PA; and Columbia, MO). She arrived in Raleigh in 2004 to start a career as a journalist. After designing newspapers for a few years, she moved into the nonprofit realm, where she’s worked for more than a decade, at both the global and community levels. After spending eight years in the Triangle, she moved to Asheville in 2012 to be closer to her parents.

Founded in 1999, CPC’s vision is collective liberation, and it’s mission is to ignite collective power, transform systems of oppression, and heal in community. The organization offers programming related to racial equity, language justice, and popular education. The choice of a co-director model is intentional, as CPC values shared leadership as a key strategy towards fulfilling its vision and mission.

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