Saumya’s family has been involved in interfaith and service work since the 1600s; both her parents were priests and activists, so she was raised in traditional apprenticeship to this mission. New times call for new methods: Saum was an early adopter of social media for interfaith and social justice outreach, and has been nominated as a Twin Cities Titan in Social Media. As Director of Headwaters/Delta Interfaith, Saumya facilitated interfaith/intergroup dialogue and advised organizations on diversity, inclusiveness, and intergroup cooperation; this work has taken her everywhere from West Africa to the White House. She has worked with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, The White House Office for Women and Girls, Parliament of World Religions, The United Nations World Council of Religious Leaders, and The United Nations Peace Initiative. She is a founding member of the New Orleans Sacred Music Festival. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, her writing and poetry have been featured in The Washington Post and assorted media and literary publications, and she is an occasional guest on podcasts about culture and religion. Saumya has an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Harvard University.
Saumya is also interested in the intersection of science, society, and social justice. She is a recreational linguist, fascinated by ancient scripts, and keeps trying to teach herself Old Persian Cuneiform. An ordained priestess of Hinduism and Vodou, Saumya is a visual artist, equestrienne, and novice swordswoman. She lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and a variety of animals.
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