Donor Spotlight: Aniketa Shinde
We get tremendous satisfaction learning about our supporters, and especially what motivates them to do good in our community. In this post, we are delighted to talk with Aniketa Shinde, who is a research staff engineer at Caltech, and is active in the science advocacy and communication community. Her unwavering kindness towards helping students experiencing homelessness, as well as a serendipitous meeting with co-founder Louis at a March for Science event, has inspired us to share her story.
Where are you from, and what do you do?
I grew up in Covina, CA and attended CA public schools for all my schooling. I have degrees in Physics from UCLA (2003) and UC Irvine (2010) and currently am research staff at Caltech.
What attracted you to the cause of student homelessness?
In general, I would like to help alleviate homelessness in any way that I can. It can seem like an overwhelming challenge, especially in Los Angeles. Helping students is a way to give back to the UCLA community while hopefully effecting the larger issue.
What attracted you to Bruin Shelter, in particular?
My sister and I both went to UCLA and I'd like to give back to current students, activists, and causes that directly relate to the UCLA and Los Angeles community.
What was your most meaningful memory from college?
Countless hours at various dance practices in Sunset Rec Center parking lot and Bruin Plaza; long walks to/from class - Hedrick to Knudson/Kinsey; getting involved with student groups and forming my own opinions about activism and social justice causes.
What motivates you to stay involved?
Staying involved, whether through donating money or volunteering time/energy, is a good reminder that no matter how busy I get with my own life, there is a larger community that I am a part of and need to give back to when I can.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I was part of the student effort to start a South Asian Studies Minor at UCLA in 2002-2003.
Thank you Aniketa for being a tremendously student-centric advocate!