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2021 PDSA Recipient, Priyana Kalita

Priyana Kalita

Priyana Kalita

Guwahati, Assam, India | Sport Leadership & Management (Coaching) and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Double Major

One nominator described Priyana Kalita as “passionate about ameliorating injustices” and someone who “does all she can to make a positive difference in her community.” This past summer, Priyana interned for Oxford PFLAG chapter, where they not only created a new website for the organization, but forged a connection between PFLAG and Black Lives Matter (BLM) Oxford, ultimately finding areas of overlap between the organizations’ missions. They also connected BLM Oxford and Miami’s Department of Family Studies and Social Work, which was the seed that grew into the Oxford Police and Community Relations & Review Commission implementing BLM Oxford’s proposal to research police reform options.

As a member of Miami’s varsity tennis team, Priyana was also a member of Athletics’ Diversity & Inclusion Council, where she actively advocated for student-athletes from marginalized identities and assisted in developing initiatives within the Athletic Department that bridge student-athletes’ athletic, campus, and community experiences. Last Fall, Priyana was recognized by the Mid-American Conference as the 2020 student recipient of the MAC Diversity & Inclusion Student-Athlete award.

Priyana also served as an undergraduate associate for UNV 101, where they were the current-student voice in the course and aided in course planning. Additionally, they were on the executive board of Spectrum and also completed a summer research fellowship, studying the stories of the sex working trans community in India. "Their courage, persistence, and passion for service are evident by the work that they have done to positively impact the spaces that they are in," wrote one nominator.