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.
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 time as an intern chaplain at LA County Hospital and Homeboy Industries. She has also served as care provider for non-profits, families and individuals. She occasionally preaches on topics of social, economic and ecological justice and healing in local Southern California Unitarian Universalist churches.
She participates in restorative justice initiatives in county jails and California prisons as a facilitator for Insight Prison Project’s Victim-Offender Education Groups and the Ahimsa Collective in prisons in South and Central California. She has also served as a co-facilitator for radically engaged contemplative practices through the Center for Engaged Compassion with PRISM Restorative Justice.
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 cultural practices that activate and sustain anti-racist white organizing as part of multi-racial coalitions towards racial justice, informed by her involvement in the Alliance for White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA) and White People for Black Lives . Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, theology, psychology, ecology and restorative justice.
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