Varun Khattar is a young, queer, first-generation South Asian educator and community organizer from South Windsor, CT.
He currently works for the non-profit, CT Center for a New Economy, engaging teachers, youth, and the community in an effort to seek long-term, systemic solutions to the lack of teachers of color in Hartford public schools using popular education, grassroots organizing, and collective bargaining.
In college, he discovered a passion for intersectional feminism, mentorship, facilitation, and curriculum development as part of the UCONN Womenâs Center.
He facilitated consent and bystander intervention workshops for incoming first-year students, and led a discussion group dedicated to rethinking masculinity and gender-based violence prevention.
As a volunteer with youth-led immigrant rights organization, CT Students for a Dream, he gained skills and analysis as a community and campaign organizer, fighting to defend access to higher education for undocumented immigrants and resisting criminalization, policing, and deportations via relationship and community development, popular education, leadership development, fundraising, canvassing, lobbying, and direct action.
Over the past few years, he has also gained valuable experience as a bilingual/ESL tutor, nutrition educator, legal assistant, camp counselor, diversity and inclusion facilitator, intern and volunteer coordinator, medical interpreter, research assistant, and international development consultant.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a Bachelorâs in General Studies with concentrations in sociology, psychology, race and ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
His theory of change rests on a firm belief in the words of Arundhati Roy: âAnother world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.