• Bonner Community Fellows Program
Karishma
Shwarup

Concentration 

Geology-Biology

Award Year 

2019

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Community Partner Site: Planned Parenthood

I was born and grew up in Kolkata, India and had never lived anywhere else before I came to Brown. I’m currently a junior studying Geology-Biology, which means I will probably stop by and admire the tree you never noticed outside your house. I love theater and spend a lot of time in rehearsal for plays and short films. I leave campus to teach sex ed to high schoolers in Providence, which is a delightful mix of empowering and mildly awkward. When I’m not buried in schoolwork, you’ll find me chasing squirrels with a camera or following dogs on social media.  

How has Bonner impacted your time at Brown? Bonner has helped me meet a community of like-minded individuals and understand what makes different people in the program approach the world with similar ideals; it has also helped me understand my positionality in my work with community engagement in a more nuanced way.