My name is Nikita. To all those wondering where I am originally from … I am from Dayton, Ohio. But, my ethnicity is Indian. (That is why I have brown skin for all those wondering where I got my tan from.) I am frequently asked why I am so confident. I hate when people ask me this question because it implies that someone who looks like me should not feel good about myself or my abilities. However, I noticed that my confidence inspired people to stand up and fight for themselves. I never intended my confidence to do such things, but now I embrace the responsibility of inspiring people.
I created this blog to share my thoughts, experiences, and research with the world on any and all subjects relating to social justice. With this platform, I hope to be the change I see in this world. Armed with my confidence and knowledge, I hope this blog will achieve my goals.
I got my bachelors in Criminal Justice Studies and Political Science from the University of Dayton. I then received my Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Although I am done with my education, I continue to update myself on current issues. Furthermore, I consider myself an intersectional feminist. I believe that we all deserve equality. While in law school, I worked for many organizations dedicated to helping people. I was a fellow for the Ohio Innocence Project, I did research for the Federal Public Defender’s Office, and I represented indigent people through the Indigent Defense Clinic. I also spent a significant amount of time volunteering at Ohio Justice Policy and Center where I helped victims of sex trafficking expunge their criminal records and worked on judicial releases. When I wasn’t working with these amazing organizations, I was researching, writing and editing for the UC Social Justice Blog. That opportunity not only gave me a platform to speak up, but also helped me understand numerous social justice issues.
My interests include (but are not limited to): knitting, watching puppy videos, drinking tons and tons of coffee, explaining mock trial to those who’ve never heard of it, participating in intense discussions about films and novels, and binge-watching all of my favorite TV Shows at least 12 times. But, more importantly, I am interested in becoming a social justice warrior. I intend to use my law degree to help those in need and fight for positive change. I know have the mindset, heartset and soulset to help all those who need my assistance.
Since I’m pretty broken inside, I am drawn to helping other broken people. According to my therapist, I am mission orientated and “feisty as all hell.” I hope to inspire anyone that comes across this blog to do some good in the world. These can be small acts of kindness to donating millions to charity. Regardless, I want people to help others. Through my research and writing, I hope to provide insightful thoughts on issues pertaining to race, gender, and social justice. With my confidence, I hope to inspire more people to fight for their rights and help others.
That’s all I’ll share for now. Stay tuned for more.
More Articles by Nikita:
Click here to read Nikita’s first piece for the UC Social Justice Blog as a guest contributor.
Click on Nikita’s name to read her pieces from the UC Social Justice Blog: Nikita_Srivastava
Click here to read Nikita’s first ever blog post titled, The Presumed Innocence of Racial Vigilantes.
Inspirational Quotes For Those Who Need It:
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitation on what you can be or have to do.Brian Tracy
Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery, hmm… but weakness, folly, failure also. Yes: failure, most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.Master Yoda from Star Wars: The Last Jedi