Meera Seshadri, MSPH, is a lead trainer for Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire. Meera is based in Cambridge, MA, and has spent over a decade working as an activist, researcher, and public health professional to advance bodily integrity, sexual and reproductive autonomy, and adolescent sexual health for adolescent communities in the United States and India.
Meera has worked in multiple campus settings in the United States, including Emory University's Respect Program, Georgetown University's Health Education Services, and most recently as Associate Director for Harvard University's Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response. An essential focus of her roles has been to create and sustain trauma-informed, socially just, and intersectional norms, policies, and environments at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.
Prior to joining the field of campus sexual assault prevention, Meera worked internationally as a researcher, educator, and consultant with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, the World Bank, and the Rockefeller Foundation conducting community-based participatory research and translating findings into education programs that increase young people's access to, and utilization of, comprehensive sexual health resources. She received her Master's of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in adolescent health and development and health communication, and her bachelor's in global public health and development from The George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs.
Meera is a Subject Matter Expert for Vantage Point Media and LiveSafe, and works as a consultant, trainer, and advisor in collaboration with universities, organizations, and non-profits to build robust peer education programs, community coalitions, and institutional policies that advance gender equity, inspire social reform, and address violence as a public health problem. She is also a dancer and choreographer for Boston Bollywood, with 15+ years of training in various forms of Indian Classical and Lyrical Contemporary dance. She loves blending her artistic and professional passions in the pursuit of creating change!