As a bi+ non-binary person with Indian heritage, Misty is passionate about bringing depth to ideas of immersion and inclusion from a human perspective. They draw on academic, professional, and lived experiences to deliver work that reflects justice, authenticity, connection, and kindness.
Misty is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, where they also teach. Locally and nationally, they are active in community outreach, education, and advocacy efforts. Misty facilitates LGBTIQA+ inclusion training and other projects to support the community and is currently involved with the following organisations on a voluntary basis:
Misty’s research explores how people living outside binary ideas of sexuality / gender experience recognition in Australia. They have authored articles in several mainstream publications, and have presented as an invited speaker at conferences around Australia, including at the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Health in Difference conference. Misty has contributed to a United Nations report on bisexuality, and has consulted on issues of sexuality and gender with government departments and other high profile organisations.
Prior to commencing their PhD, Misty spent over ten years in community and organisational development leadership positions across sectors. Most recently, they worked at a large not-for-profit managing a diverse team of staff and volunteers to challenge stigma, promote connections, and improve long-term outcomes for people traditionally excluded by society such as young people, people living with mental illness and/or disability, and people experiencing homelessness. During this time, Misty was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in an International Visitors Leadership Program focused on LGBTIQA+ Rights.
Misty was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the LGBTIQA+ community in 2021. They also hold a Master of Human Rights and a Bachelor of Psychology.
We acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation as the traditional custodians of the lands on which most of our work occurs, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water, and culture. We pay our deepest respects to their elders past and present.
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