Sarika is an equity strategist and community racial justice advocate. She consults, teaches, writes, researches, and collaborates at the intersection of race, equity, and environmental issues. Sarika is deeply committed to working within the environmental movement to address issues of racial and environmental injustice and to support the inherent power and well-being of communities of color. She is also interested in supporting racial equity in nonprofit, education, criminal justice reform, and cultural spheres.
Sarika is Curriculum Director of the Racial Equity Leadership Lab, a collaborative racial equity learning space for urban conservation leaders within the North America Cities Network of the Nature Conservancy. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University New England’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, where she teaches classes on Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion, and Climate Justice and Equitable Adaptation.
Sarika was Co-Senior Editor and contributing author in the first iteration of The Field Guide to Conservation in Cities, a guidebook for practitioners doing urban conservation with communities of color and communities facing poverty.
In her former role as Whole Measures Program Director at Center for Whole Communities, Sarika led the development of Whole Measures for Urban Conservation, an equity-oriented planning, evaluation and community engagement focusing on justice and fairness, economic vitality, community engagement and community resilience.
Sarika serves as co-advisor to Montpelier High School’s Racial Justice Alliance, is on the Advisory Board of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, and is a volunteer with the Montpelier Community Justice Center. She has worked with the Institute for Sustainable Communities on the development of the Resilient Vermont Roadmap to Resilience, a multistakeholder climate adaptation and natural disaster planning process. She has also worked in the local foods and organic agriculture movements.
Education & background
Sarika is a first generation Indian-American, who grew up in the suburbs of Rochester NY, and whose family comes from the foothills of Himachal Pradesh. Sarika was deeply influenced and inspired by the East Bay Area’s rich activist traditions while studying at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned dual degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Conservation and Resource Studies. Before returning to graduate school, she worked for several years with her partner to build Restorative Formulations, a socially and environmentally responsible natural medicine company. She was able to pursue her twin interests in social and environmental justice while earning a Master's degree in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability from Antioch University New England’s Department of Environmental Studies. Sarika currently lives with her family in Vermont.