Sanjana Bijlani

In her work as Associate Director, Sanjana will seek to support all students in identifying resources that center what each individual believes is necessary to address concerns and experiences of interpersonal violence. Sanjana received a Master's in Social Work degree from Penn, where she worked as a high school case manager at Norristown Area High School with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and as a group facilitator with the Nationalities Service Center, a refugee resettlement agency in Philadelphia. In working with immigrant and refugee communities, she tried to imagine new possibilities to support the newly arrived and long-settled alike in identifying how to integrate their full, complex narratives into their everyday experiences. Sanjana worked to identify health and education resources that actively sought to draw from these communities' complexities to create more accessible care.

Sanjana received her undergraduate degree in English and French from UC Berkeley. She was involved in facilitating and developing student and community programming with the Gender Equity Resource Center and The Multicultural Community Center. She worked as an HIV outreach worker with the Berkeley Free Clinic and was a writer and later Co-Director of CalSLAM, a spoken word poetry group on campus, helping facilitate workshops for student groups and local Bay Area communities.

Sanjana is committed to trying to hold space for the multitude of identities and lived experiences that shape how people learn who they are and how they move through the world. Sanjana welcomes all students, staff, and faculty to email her at sbijlani@upenn.edu or drop by PWC to learn more about the center's programming and resources surrounding interpersonal violence.