Early Youth-Led Organizing: Samantha’s work is informed by her youth and young adult participation and leadership in youth-led community organizing. As a Global Studies student at UC Riverside (’09), Samantha founded and directed Child Leader Project (CLP)—a transnational community non-profit that organized youth and young adults in South India, Mexico and Riverside, CA. During her six-year tenure as its “Executive Learner,” Samantha worked with over 500 youth across the globe on issues of social and ecological justice that mattered most to them, receiving recognition from Clinton Global Initiative University, Sister Cities International, and Riverside City Hall as an exemplar in local and global leadership development.
Ministry: Samantha currently serves as an Intern Minister at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA and is a candidate for ministry in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Having completed her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2014, Samantha currently serves as an interfaith, community-oriented chaplain in Los Angeles, having trained as an intern chaplain at LA County Hospital and Homeboy Industries. She has also served as care provider for non-profits, families and individuals.
Restorative Justice: Samantha co-facilitates restorative justice initiatives in county jails and California prisons as a facilitator for the Ahimsa Collective’s “Restorative Approaches to Intimate Violence” program and Insight Prison Project’s Victim-Offender Education Groups . She has also served as a co-facilitator for radically engaged contemplative practices through the Center for Engaged Compassion with PRISM Restorative Justice.
Scholarship: She is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Depth Psychology with a focus in Community, Liberation and Ecological Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her scholarship interests focus on the participation of white people in anti-racist organizing and the role of white people in interrupting and transforming white supremacy culture, informed by her participation in the Alliance for White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA) and White People for Black Lives . She utilizes participatory action research and pastoral care as methodologies for shared knowledge-making and truth-telling. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, theology, psychology, and restorative justice principles.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Vijay.
- Doctoral Candidate (All but dissertation)– Doctor of Philosophy | Depth Psychology – Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecological Psychology (CLE) | Pacifica Graduate Institute (Expected Graduation 2019)
- Master of Arts | Depth Psychology – CLE | Pacifica Graduate Institute | 2016
- Master of Divinity | Claremont School of Theology – Claremont | 2014
- Bachelor of Arts | Global Studies, Religious Studies Concentration | University of California – Riverside | 2009
Chaplaincy and Psycho-Spiritual Care Education:
- Completed 1250 hours (Units I, II and III) of supervised pastoral care in clinical settings with the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care / Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy program at Los Angeles County Public Hospital Oncology, General Medicine and Emergency Room units as well as Homeboy Industries
- Participant in “Original Voice/Cycles of Creativity: Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Psychology” and “Singing Over the Bones Facilitator Training” led by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes through the Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute
- Trainings in Grief and Resilience, Traumatic Loss and Suicide, Death Midwifery