Amrita Kumar-Ratta, MGA is a social researcher, a diversity and inclusion strategist, an intersectional feminist and an artist educator. She is the Principal Consultant of AKR Global Consulting, a firm dedicated to what she calls ‘Glocal’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategizing. Areas of expertise include qualitative research methods, arts-based education, intersectional feminist analysis, DEI capacity building and strategizing, community facilitation, and project management based on principles of social justice and anti-oppression.
Amrita is also a PhD Student in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about creating socially inclusive societies and focuses her work around issues of gender justice, global migration, and sustainable community development both in Canada and internationally. In addition to her 3-year experience working at both grassroots and systems levels in Kenya, Thailand, and India, Amrita holds 10 years of experience working in Canada’s non-profit sector. In particular, she has spent the last 4 years supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity building within the human services sector in Peel Region, the second largest, fastest growing, and most diverse municipality in Ontario.
As a consultant, Amrita is passionate about co-creating equitable, inclusive, innovative, and impactful processes, strategies, and programs across the community, non-profit, and public sectors. In 2016 she supported the creation and dissemination of a regionally recognized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Organizational Self-Assessment Tool developed by the Regional Diversity Roundtable. In 2017-18, she also co-created and co-facilitated an 8-month pilot Community Leadership Program in Peel Region in effort to strengthen the leadership capacity of underrepresented community members around diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Amrita currently works in various capacities with Amnesty International Canada, the Ward Museum, and The Mosaic Institute.
Trained in theatre, as well as in classical and contemporary dances from India and Brazil, Amrita recently wrote her own one-woman show, 50 Shades of Brown Girl, which is being developed into a workshop for highschool students. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.