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Clarkie of the Week: 02/19

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Pauravi Chhaya (‘15) is from Mumbai, India, who moved to Middletown, Conn. at age six. She is a double major in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, a member of Variant Dance Troupe, a dancer for India and Guinea at this year’s Gala, a co-chair of the Senior Week Committee, and co-editor of PASTICCIO (the yearbook). She has interned for both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Coalitions Against Domestic Violence and spent five semesters in All Kinds of Girls (AKOG).

Photo by Jonathan Edelman

Photo by Jonathan Edelman

Scarlet: Tell me about dancing and deciding to do something new your senior year.

Pauravi: It was a process for me because I’m just like a lot of other Clarkies; we like to be involved in as much as possible. I was [in AKOG]  my second semester of freshman year to first semester of senior year. I went from being a mentor to being an executive board member for a few years, and then in the fall I dropped that… because I just felt like it was time for new people to come on board and have that experience like I had my sophomore year. It was just a lot of prioritizing and I really wanted to do a lot of new things.

In terms of dancing, I just enjoy it. I’ve never been on a dance team, so I figured I would dedicate more time to that. In terms of my resume, I have good mentoring experience, I have things related to my internship [and] my academics, so I just wanted to do something for fun, and I’m meeting a whole bunch of new people and everything.

 

Scarlet: What’s the connection between your work in AKOG and your women and gender studies classes?

Pauravi: The semester that I signed up for AKOG was the semester I took my Intro to Women’s Studies class. My first semester I took Men and Emotion, which was a psych course I just wanted to take because of the cool title. I had Patty Ewick as a professor, who is basically a goddess, and is the reason that I became a Women’s Studies major. I’d always done the youth mentoring thing, especially in high school in Middletown, and I wanted to continue that here like I was doing in YOW [Youth Outreach Worcester], but then decided to narrow my focus and work with just girls and work on self-esteem building and empowerment. Those two things coming together was a really great fit.

 

Scarlet: How much does the increased national focus on domestic violence affect your work with that subject?

Pauravi: I think it’s about time that these things came into the spotlight. They’re making their subtle ways into the media and a few articles here and there, [and] that Superbowl commercial was super important. Just getting a conversation going is what it takes to work your way towards ending it. Especially all the stuff I see on Facebook, Twitter… articles that are from legitimate sources, because sometimes I tend to post articles that are from 2013 and not realize [Laughs]. It’s just nice to see that people are talking about it more and that we can work to have better legislation.

 

Scarlet: I wish I could put your hand gestures into the newspaper.

Pauravi: I know I talk with my hands so much.

 

Scarlet: Is this the kind of stuff you would work on in your internship? Not the hand gestures, the legislation or the publicity?

Pauravi: Funny thing is, I worked on both of those. When I was with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it was a public policy internship, so I worked with a lobbyist and got to go to the Capitol with her. She gave me six or seven different projects over the course of the summer. It was a three-month internship, and she had plans for me, but it was more like “Do it on your own time, get it to me whenever,” so I set deadlines for myself. I looked up state statutes and got to see all the laws about housing protection for domestic violence victims and got to see where Connecticut’s laws were lacking and where we could improve.

In Boston this summer, I was a communications intern and they were launching a brand-new campaign to focus on raising awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault in the LGBT community… I was there from just after they launched that campaign, so I have yet to bring that campaign to Clark. There’s a campus aspect to it, pretty much asking people what kind of world they envision that’s free of domestic violence and sexual assault. It was in Boston, I didn’t mind, I was 21, so it was a good time.

 

Scarlet: If you were a sandwich what kind of sandwich would you be?

Pauravi: Oh my God a Veggie Delight from Subway. Can I tell you the full contents?

 

Scarlet: I would love that.

Pauravi: Ok. Spinach, tomatoes, no lettuce-do not hit me with lettuce, unless it’s like Romaine. Onions, pickles, jalepeños, just a few though, onions and jalepeños is an intense combination, but it’s good. Salt and pepper, no oil, and southwest chipotle sauce. That is my ideal sandwich. And cheese.

 

 

 

Thanks for the interview, Pauravi! 



 

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