Tarun Cherukuri has both research and teaching experience in education. He taught for two years in a low-income private school in Wadgaonsheri,Pune as a Teach For India(TFI) Fellow. He was also a research assistant for APREST, a randomised evaluation study testing the impact of school vouchers across 180 villages in Andhra Pradesh, India. Tarun graduated with an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School(HKS) in 2013. He was the City Director of TFI Delhi Operations before transitioning full time as the CEO of Indus Action, a non-profit company currently focussed on a Right to Education enrollment campaigns and inclusion programs for mixed classrooms. For his work in the last six years, he has been recognized with BITS 30under30, Raymond Vernon Award for the best graduating MPA/ID student and recently with Emerging Global Leader by HKS Alumni Board.
Throughout history, social movements—from the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, to New Zealand’s Māori Protest Movement in the 1970s, to Perestroika in the USSR in the 1990s—have been driven by the groups most affected by oppression. How do we support this motivation for social change in the communities and countries where we work, where not every student will enjoy equal life opportunities due to race, socio-economic status, and other factors?
Description: Our Theory of Change hinges on creating a movement of leaders whose commitment to challenging educational inequity endures long after their initial classroom commitment has ended. This session will bring together alumni from across the network whose work is having a significant impact in their local contexts to discuss specific ways their programs prepared them to be effective in their current work, and what changes programs might make to be even more supportive of alumni impact.