Shades of Identity: Colorism in the South Asian Community | Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, June 4, 6pm

Join us with the Desi American Woman Network (DAWN) for a special screening of the documentary film COMPLEXion at the Lincoln Center, followed by a panel discussion exploring the complex issue of colorism within the South Asian community, with former Miss America Nina Davuluri, clinical psychologist Dr. Jyosthna Bhat, and DAWN founder and executive director Beena Mannan.

Film at Lincoln Center

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

144 West 65th Street 

New York, NY 10023

Tickets: $35, advance registration recommended.

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Nina Davuluri is a trailblazing advocate for diversity and inclusion,
holds a significant place in history as the first Indian American to
be crowned Miss America in 2014. Beyond her pageant triumph,
Nina’s impact extends far and wide, as she continues to inspire
and uplift communities worldwide. With a fervent dedication to
driving positive change, Nina spearheads impactful initiatives,
including her involvement in the groundbreaking documentary
#COMPLEXion. Nina’s leadership in #COMPLEXion exemplifies
her unwavering commitment to amplifying marginalized voices
and advocating for equitable representation across various
spheres, including media, healthcare, and STEM fields.

Rippi Karda is an Associate General Counsel at Verizon
Communications Inc., is deeply involved in promoting diversity
and inclusion within her organization and the legal community.
She has received numerous awards for her legal contributions,
including the prestigious Verizon Pro Bono Service Award. She is
actively engaged in organizations such as NAMWOLF, where she
serves on the Advisory Committee, and is Treasurer of WEN –
Women’s Excellence Network. Rippi has also been appointed to
the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Diversity,
Inclusion, and Community Engagement. She is a prolific speaker
on diversity and business law topics and runs a LinkedIn series
titled “Attorney of the Week,” highlighting diverse legal

Dr. Jyothsna Bhat is a clinical psychologist specializing in
individual, couples, and family therapy. With over 12 years
of experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of Wright State
University School of Professional Psychology with a doctorate
in clinical psychology, she is currently serving as a private
practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her
areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, and childhood
problems, Dr. Bhat is an interactive, solution-focused therapist.
Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical
feedback to help clients effectively address personal life
challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and
techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to
each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with
each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain
the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Co-sponsored by SAWCC, South Asian Bar Association-NJ, and Bhat Psychological Services.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.