HI, I'M YUKTI (yuh-kuh-tee)
I am an engaged scholar: my research is rooted in my practice as an artistdesigner, and social activist. 

I am a current honors student in the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program, majoring in Textiles with a minor in the Theory and History of Art and Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and Contemplative Studies with Engaged Scholarship from Brown University.
I am a research assistant in the Costumes and Textiles Department under Kate Irvin at the RISD Museum, Vice President of the South Asian Students Association, a South Asian Research Fellow, and a Global Brown 'Writing My Own Story' Fellow. 
My other qualifications in and around the Brown and RISD communities include being a Student Representative and Peer Advisor for the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program, a Teacher's Assistant for many RISD classes, and the only student representative in the Dean of the College at Brown University's Working Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Program. 
Additionally, I have worked with design tycoons such as Pavitra RajaramSabyasachi, and Asian Paints
I also have my own textile works displayed at many on-campus and off-campus fine arts exhibitions, including having artist books in the permanent collection of Special Collections at the RISD Fleet Library and the John Hay Library at Brown University.

My love for textiles and research spills over into my social work which is bolstered through my educational path as an Engaged Scholar at Brown. I have worked extensively in the area of fund-raising for Non-Governmental Organizations in India in addition to having started my own NGO: Handmaking Hope. All of my fundraising endeavors have been aimed at providing better educational facilities, through the means of promoting textile handicrafts and educational resources, for young women in India who are often denied even a primary education.
I am also an avid yogini & mindfulness facilitator. After practicing Yoga daily for 15 years I received my diploma in Yoga & Meditative Studies and now use it to teach underprivileged children every weekend. After 2 years of research, I launched a series of cards called 'Healing with the Heart,' which empowers the general public to heal themselves psychosomatically through the visual aids provided in the post-CoVID era. 
I believe in a healthy work-life balance & always carve time for myself and my family while maintaining excellent performance at work. I make time & space to regularly read books of historical fiction, visit museums of art & design, take long walks to collect fallen flowers, & meditate in my daily life. 
I am proud to be a woman of color in the field of research. 

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