Instructor in Education
Degree: Ed.M., Harvard University, (2015)
Deepa is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include school-community relationships, youth development programming, and organizational culture as framed by issues of structural inequality in the United States. She is currently engaged in qualitative study of occupational identity of youth workers as well as the extracurricular experiences of undocumented youth. Prior to graduate school, Deepa worked at the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) at the University of Pennsylvania, which supports "out-of-school time programs" (afterschool, weekend and summer programs) through staff support, resources, and networking opportunities. As a project coordinator and then research coordinator, Deepa provided evaluation and research assistance to youth programs interested in improving their professional development offerings for practitioners. She provided training on research design and data collection for community programs and facilitated networking events. Deepa Vasudevan graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. After graduation, she was selected for a public-service fellowship sponsored by the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. During this year, Deepa coordinated co-curricular and after school programming for students at Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice, a public high school in Philadelphia.As a supporter of vibrant community programs, Deepa currently serves on the board of Seybert Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofits supporting low-income children and youth in Philadelphia. She was previously board chair for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, a community based program that engages students in hands-on learning in maritime arts, including boat building and sailing.