Tiffany Puett, President
Tiffany Puett founded the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life in 2015. She currently serves as Board President and Director. She has been writing, teaching, researching, developing curriculum, and leading workshops on religious diversity, inclusion and equity, and social justice for the past 15 years. She holds a PhD in North American Religions from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Ethics from Boston University. She previously directed educational programs on lived religions, peace-building, and social change at a New York-based NGO.
Martha Smith Roberts, Secretary
Martha Smith Roberts is Visiting Instructor of Religion at University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She holds a Ph.D. in American Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current research and teaching interests include American religious diversity and pluralism, race and ethnicity studies, diversity and social justice, embodiment studies, and material culture. In addition, she is working on a research project with Dr. Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand that analyzes the various spiritualities emerging within the hula hooping subculture.
Hannah Silk Kapasi, Treasurer
Hannah Silk Kapasi has been an immigration attorney at an Austin, Texas nonprofit organization since January 2013 and has been practicing law for over 12 years. Previous to her immigration practice, she worked as a legal aid attorney in Los Angeles for seven years representing low-income clients in employment disputes. After moving to Austin in 2009, she spent three and a half years as an attorney at the Texas Access to Justice Commission, focusing on policy and programmatic work designed to close the legal services gap for poor Texans. Hannah received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Mindy Gulati is the Founder and President of Fundamental Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising businesses, organizations and educational institutions on issues related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Implicit Bias. Mindy started her career as a trial lawyer fighting injustice with humanity for indigent defendants, and later ran a successful law firm. Her years of work in these fields has given her both a unique perspective on societal bias and a passionate, relatable speaking style. Motherhood reignited Mindy’s long-standing passion for using education to identify and reduce bias in the various areas of our lives. As a mother of two amazing multi-ethnic children, she has experienced how bias affects everyone, including our youngest and most impressionable members of society.
Nancy Mims is an artist/designer, activist and mother living in Austin, Texas. She has recently exhibited her art at the Elisabet Ney Museum, Photo Méthode Gallery, AgavePrint, and the East Austin Studio Tour. Prior to that, she designed and manufactured textiles and later worked as a consultant in the industry, focusing on issues of environmental sustainability. She has served on several boards, including NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Forklift Danceworks, and the KLRU Community Advisory Board, and currently sits on the Campus Advisory Council at Russell Lee Elementary. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University.
Azra Siddiqi is an attorney who is passionate about politics and is currently working on legislative policy for the great state of Texas. She attained a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. She has a political blog called WiseUp TX catering to the South Asian community to inform them about National and Texas politics. WiseUp TX recently won an award from the Austin Chronicle for the Best New Voice of 2016. Azra also works on asylum legal cases, is an ambassador for Popinjay-a company that focuses on ethical fashion, a board member of the Institute of Diversity and Civic Life and contributes to various South Asian American media outlets.
Simran Jeet Singh
Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He also serves as the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project. Simran earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and he speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of issues relating to religion, culture, and violence.