My name is Arushi Saini and I am a 3rd year Biochemistry student from Acworth, Georgia, born in Indore, India. Growing up as a Sikh, immigrant woman placed me in a unique socio-cultural crossroads. As I attempted navigate the world and learn about myself, I developed a fascination and appreciation for people. Humans are such fascinating creatures with a cacophony of stories to tell. You can discover so much about a person just by listening to them—we can be drastically different yet surprisingly similar.
My love for science and yearning to meet more people led to me to Georgia Tech. Little did I know that my passive curiosity would turn into active learning and advocacy when I applied and got accepted to become a Diversity Ambassador. The program allowed me to grow into a more involved individual and provided me with resources to channel my passions. I am currently the president of the Asian American Student Association— a cultural organization working to create an intersectional environment to educate the population and celebrate the many facets of our communities—as well a founding member of Buzz Mobile Health—a student run organization attempting to develop a mobile health clinic to provide greater medical access to underserved populations in the metro Atlanta community.
Outside of these endeavors, you can find me working with yeast in a research lab or looking for places with good coffee, a nice view, a spot to pull out a book or more.
What is one way to institutionally make a difference beyond interpersonal interactions?
As you come to learn and love diversity its often difficult for people to move beyond that because the typical notions of activism may seem intimidating or time consuming. Some relatively "easy" ways to make a difference are to be more mindful of your actions and support local causes and communities. For example, research where the items you buy come from, understand candidates platforms and guide that when voting in elections, support products manufactured by marginalized groups, attend local benefits and event, learn about and support campus organizations that speak about issues you are unfamiliar with, and so much more. Increasing diversity and inclusion can be difficult but the work for it can also be enjoyable and little things make more a difference than you expect.