Sahiyo Volunteer Spotlight: Geethika Kodukula

Geethika is a graduate student of Biostatistics in Public Health at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Originally from Hyderabad, she has been involved in social work since 2011 when she started studying Math, Stats and Computers at St. Francis Degree College for Women. She is a dog-person and endeavors to study Mental Health and suicidality among vulnerable populations. When she is not working on her research, she tries to read fiction and play video games.

1)    When did you first get involved with Sahiyo?Photo4_Geethika

I first reached out to Sahiyo in April 2016.

2)    What opportunities have you been involved with at Sahiyo?

I proofread and edit the newsletters, blog posts and media reports for readability, help with sending out the newsletter, spread word among my peers, and help maintain the Sahiyo blog.

3)    How has your involvement impacted your life?

I am proud to be a part of this community. It’s terrific to read our volunteers’ and founders’ achievements each month. The impact that we are trying to create together empowers me and helps me fight the helplessness I feel in the face of injustice. Survivor stories each month keep me motivated to keep fighting.

4)    What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting Sahiyo?

Never underestimate what you can do. Ask for help when you need it. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

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