The Advisory Board is the leadership body representing the North American grassroots supporters of ICJB. Composed of 9 volunteer members, the Advisory Board coordinates the actions, projects, and initiatives undertaken by ICJB in North America. Read the Advisory Board's mission statement here.
Introducing the 2013 Advisory Board:
Rox Chwaluk: Overall co-ordinator/Fundraising co-ordinator
Rox Chwaluk describes herself as an artist, educator, leader and activist. She graduated in 2009 from Brock University with a degree in Drama in Education and Society, and received her Bachelor of Education in 2010. Rox is completing a Master of Education in Social and Cultural Contexts of Education. During her university years, Rox co-founded TAP (Turn Around Projects of the Arts) – a not for profit arts organization. Rox first got involved with the fight for justice in Bhopal when she produced the play Bhopal by Rahul Varma in 2010. Her passion for justice in Bhopal, gave her the inspiration and motivation to create a TAP program in Bhopal. TAP offers gas affected victims free arts and leadership workshops for 3 weeks each December. A confident public speaker, and improviser by night – Rox aims to encourage and inspire YOU through her passion and conviction and belief that you must BE THE CHANGE you wish to see.
Pooja Parameswaran: Overall coordinator/Fundraising coordinator
Pooja has been with the Bhopal campaign since 2011 and spent the last year on the board as the Online communications co-ordinator. This year, as Overall co-ordinator, she aims to create more awareness about the Bhopal gas disaster through targeted actions, fundraisers and events. Spending a year on the board, has inspired her to take on more responsibility with the campaign and understand how the needs of the survivors. This year she would be more involved with the campaign on the ground, working with the survivors of the disaster directly on justice/compensation issues, obtaining clean water and health issues.
Wendy Crumrine: Finance Coordinator/Administrative co-ordinator
Wendy became personally acquainted with the continuing fight for justice of the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy when she spent three months in 2008 as a volunteer at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic. Working closely with the survivors of the tragedy fostered within her a deep respect for their non-violent pursuit of justice, and simultaneously, a profound disquiet concerning the corporate prioritization of profit over human lives that infects the global economy. She sees the fight for justice in Bhopal as the epicenter of an international movement towards corporate accountability and she is honored to take part. She increased her involvement in the campaign by joining the Advisory Board in 2012, and is excited to continue her role as Finance & Administration Coordinator for 2013. She received her B.A. from Harvard in 2006 where she studied Child Psychology and has been teaching high school math and science ever since. She is eager to apply her experience as an educator and writer, as well as her general enthusiasm, to the Campaign’s goals.
Paul Malachi: Website Coordinator/Online Communications coordinator
Paul Malachi has been an ICJB volunteer for over 2 years. He is interested in broad based environmental, health, and social justice movements.
Saif Ansari: Media Coordinator
After hearing stories about the disaster from his mother, a survivor, while growing up, Saif went to his first ICJB conference in 2010 at MIT. He learned that the disaster is still ongoing and met others who care about and fight for the Bhopal cause. Afterward he volunteered with the campaign for Bhopal in New York, where he is currently graduate student. He went to the following ICJB conference in 2011 at Stanford and shortly after became an AB member. Saif is committed to a just resolution to the disaster and a guarantee that another one doesn't happen ever again. He is finishing up his master's at NYU, where he studies moral and political philosophy, and graduated from UCLA with a BA in 2010, also in philosophy.
Renu Pariyadath: Volunteer and Leadership co-ordinator
Renu Pariyadath has been following the campaign since 2011 as part of her PhD research and as a volunteer at AID-Iowa. It wasn't until she visited Bhopal in the summer of 2012 that she was able to get a grasp on the situation today. Since then she has been working to raise awareness about the issue from where she is - Iowa. Local groups concerned about the environment, university faculty and students (and the odd high school student) have expressed solidarity with the cause since screening Bhopali in Iowa City in Nov/Dec 2012. Reaching out to groups of people that align with similar and not so similar causes is what she hopes to bring to the campaign as part of the Advisory Board. Renu is a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies and her dissertation focuses on citizenship, development and diaspora activism.
Caitlyn Schuchhardt: Dow Chemical Overview and Action Creator/Coordinator
Caitlyn was introduced to Bhopal’s ongoing disaster and struggle for justice when she visited Bhopal in December of 2011 as part of Concordia College’s “Social Justice, Peace, and Development” semester. After learning about Dow’s sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics, she began to organize events on her college campus to raise awareness about Bhopal, environmental justice, and the need for corporate accountability. Her involvement with the Bhopal campaign deepened in May 2012 when she organized a protest and addressed shareholders at Dow Chemical’s annual shareholder meeting. She became interested in the Advisory Board after attending the 2012 Bhopal Conference in Boston, where she was inspired by the passion that the AB has for justice in Bhopal. Caitlyn is a 2012 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a BA in English Literature. She specializes in ecocriticism and environmental justice literature and is looking to attend graduate school in 2013. When not working on the Bhopal campaign, Caitlyn serves as an AmeriCorps member in the Minnesota GreenCorps, focusing on environmental education and outreach.
Reena has been involved with the North American solidarity campaign for justice in Bhopal since 2006. In 2010, she carried out her M.A. research work on Bhopali women's activism/empowerment in the aftermath of the Bhopal Gas Disaster, focusing on women-activists in the Survivors' Groups that lead ICJB. This experience intorduced her to a number of women, whose struggle, passion and dedication inspired her to strengthen her own commitment to the onging struggle for justice in Bhopal. Since 2011, Reena has traveled to Bhopal a number of times, and is continuously seeking to further her knowledge of this complex and ongoing disaster.
Interested in joining the Advisory Board? In the fall there are Advisory Board nominations for positions that last for one year. Occasionally there are openings during other parts of the year. Email email@example.com to learn more.