Priyanka Rupani completed her B.A. from Northwestern University with a focus on comparative race studies and economics and her M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on urban education. She was a member of the 2010 Teach for America Philadelphia Corps and through this, taught math at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus (MCTC). After two years, Priyanka began teaching African-American history at the same school. During her five years at MCTC, she helped create a mentoring program that focuses on developing young people with the power of influence into leaders in their schools and communities. As the workshop advisor, develops workshops that focus on topics including identity development, healthy relationships, and activism.
Currently, Priyanka serves as the director of diversity, equity, and social justice at the Friends School of Baltimore. In this role, she provides professional development for faculty/staff around topics of equity and inclusion, develops workshops for the board of trustees, organizes student and parent affinity groups, and plans quarterly book discussions and open diversity forums for the Friends community. In addition, she teaches a diversity and social justice practitioner training course to upper school students and provides support about equity and inclusion topics to the Friends community as needs arise. Priyanka is also a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools’ annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. She has served as a facilitator at this conference for the past 10 years.