First off, what I’m looking forward to…
Spending as much time as possible with loved ones, human and non-human.
Spending as much time as possible working on family and community-building projects that have intrinsic meaning and universal purpose devoid of fiat currency exchange or capitalist market value pressures.
Spending as much time as possible enjoying life, working out, eating good food, drinking nice libations, doing interesting shit, learning new skills, making new friends, and of course finding spiritual nourishment from a myriad herbal products.
We’re at a financially stable enough place with strong enough community ties and good enough investments where I’ll only be working very part-time, one-off and likely one-day gigs as and when needed, mostly to stay sharp in the immediate labor market while constantly learning new, interesting skills. And primarily through community contacts and neighborhood networks, which usually make them much more enjoyable. I’ve also found one-off gigs really satiate my need for constant mental stimulation and are almost always interesting enough to make the day go by fast without having to worry about any douchey co-worker the next day.
But absolutely no more boss work whether that boss be a person or an institution.
From now on I only ever will work with people for fair wage or barter (including just for the lulz from time to time), but never ever for anybody.
And I will only work gigs that I can give a middle finger to at any point in time if the person I’m working with ends up being an asshole. Even if that person is someone I will buy a beer for afterwards to make up.
I’m really loving this retirement shit. It is quite liberating. I am feeling rather liberated in the midst of all this love and struggle.
As a little celebratory blog post and just for egomaniacal kicks, I thought I’d upload my highly embellished, constantly updated CV, not to mention the last iteration I will ever use (slightly modified and formatted for the post) as I don’t ever plan on applying for a “job” again.
Goodbye professional career, fare thee well and thanks for all the dark comedy.
Shree Varuna aka Sriram Ananthanarayanan aka Sri Ananth aka Warrior Clown
- Status: US Permanent Resident (Green Card); Citizen of Canada; Overseas Citizen of India. Hold Canadian and Indian Passports.
- Language/Communication Skills: English (native), Tamil (fluent), Hindi (fluent), Urdu (good), and Kannada (average).
- Teaching/Education Skills: workshops (design and implementation), sessionals, online lectures and presentations, remote workshops, curriculum development, popular education, street theatre, discussion groups, and mass communication (utilizing newsletters, flyers, pamphlets, handouts etc.).
- Computer/Publishing Skills:
- Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and various Adobe products (Publisher/Photoshop);
- WordPress and Blogger site construction, maintenance and management (including flexible usage of multiple templates, graphics, textual styles and design styles, mostly focusing on minimalism and simplicity);
- E-book and paperback POD publishing skills (Createspace, Smashwords etc.), including pdf/epub/mobi creation, book-blogs, and websites;
- Blog creation, maintenance, content generation, and taxonomy for informational/cultural sites; SEO best practices and blog promotion experience.
- Film/video editing software, documentary film-making, and camera work experience, especially for simple 5-10 minute YouTube videos and vlogs.
- Podcasting experience – via sites like Blog Talk Radio and with recording software.
- Writing Skills: nonfiction essay/article, narrative journalism, reportage, fictional autobiography, research papers, position papers, creative nonfiction, and speculative fiction. (Publications below)
- Editing Skills: Content editing and copyediting experience in multiple formats/media.
- Committed to liberatory social change with anti-oppression principles, especially in my primary life endeavor as a parent and nurturer. Committed to peace, nonviolence, self-improvement, social justice, mindful self-reflection, and striving to live in harmony with the earth and all non-human souls.
EDUCATION + COLLEGE MEMBERSHIP
- May 2004 – Masters in Public Health & Human Geography, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
- Nov 2001 – Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India.
- Sept 2008 to May 2011 – Teaching Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA. ABD thesis papers published in two different peer-reviewed journals.
- Courses completed include graduate level courses in Human Geography, Political and Economic Geography, Feminist Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Research Methods, Research & Development, Urban Planning, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Subaltern History, and Sociology.
- Nov 2016 – Sexual Assault Advocacy Training, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis, MN.
- Dec 2015 – Refugee Mental Health, CAMH, Toronto, ON.
- May 2015 – Crisis Intervention & De-Escalation, Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON.
- Dec 2014 – First Aid & CPR, Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON.
- Nov 2014 – Techniques in Anxiety & Depression Management, Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, ON.
- Sept 2014 – New Approaches to Treating Traumatic Memory, Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, ON.
- April 2014 – Professional Practice and Jurisprudence in Psychotherapy, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
- March 2014 – Post Partum Depression and Healing, Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON.
- Feb 2013 – Addressing Violence and Aggressive Behaviour in Primary Care Settings, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON.
- May 2013 – Trauma-Informed Counselling and Therapy for Front-Line Workers, The Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute, Toronto, ON.
- Nov 2013 – CBT Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, ON.
- Nov 2013 – Mindfulness and Affect Regulation Approaches to Trauma Therapy, Leading Edge Seminars, Toronto, ON.
- Past Certifications: Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB), HIV & Substance Use Training, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fitness, Health & Nutrition, and De-Escalation Techniques.
Past professional college membership:
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) in Toronto – Passed membership requirements via the grand-parenting route established by the Transitional Council of the CRPO.
WORK EXPERIENCE (HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL SERVICES)
Mar 2016 – present
Parent, Freelance Writer, Teacher, and Labor Artiste
- Ever since our daughter, Daya, was born in March 2016, co-parenting with my partner Susanne has been my full-time life occupation. We made a conscious decision that I would make a shift in my career for a period of time to more flexible income-generating labor, like freelance writing, consulting, and substitute teaching, in order to share the parenting load while simultaneously cutting costs in our lives so we could live simpler, more intentionally caring lives with time for each other.
- Past consultancy/writing projects have included advocacy trainings and violence prevention workshops. I also worked for 6 months with the Sexual Violence Center, where I completed and later conducted the 40-hour state-mandated Sexual Assault Advocacy training.
- For a brief while I worked part-time as a freelance journalist for The College Daily
- For nearly two years during this period, I worked as a Reserve Teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools, which was wonderful due to the flexibility of the position. I was able to uphold parenting responsibilities while generating income in a position that still gave back to society in many ways. But I eventually decided to stop and indeed retire completely from professional work following this position. I saw too much structural oppression going on in the public school system with nary a way of doing anything to dismantle, which was rather depressing eventually.
- While a sub with MPS, I enjoyed working different full-time jobs that required physical exertion during the summer months when the schools are closed, including stone masonry, carpentry, construction, demolition, landscaping, and more. I like working out so try my hardest to incorporate it into work that helps me develop interesting skills while going into beast mode.
Dec 2012 – Dec 2016
Counsellor/Therapist (Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto,ON)
- Full-time. I provided trauma-informed therapy and healing support for clients dealing with numerous deep-rooted life struggles, including PTSD, Complex PTSD, anxiety, and depression. This included several clients dealing with severe childhood trauma. I was also the only man in our counselling team, which meant that I had a case load of about 80-90 clients, mostly men, 45-50 of whom had severe, complex trauma that brought with it accompanying struggles with violence and substance use.
- Utilized a variety of therapeutic methods such as modified CBT, motivational counseling, general support, providing structures for daily living and life/health-management, helping to develop healthier coping mechanisms, and assistance in building stronger, healthier relationships. Strived to incorporate anti-oppressive principles and self-reflection that often ran counter to the prevailing frameworks of care.
- Pursued a holistic method of providing care and support, with the aim of long-term health, healing, and happiness.
- Utilized an anti-oppression and harm-reduction approach in providing advocacy and referrals to support clients in dealing with institutional marginalization, homelessness, poverty, racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and systemic abuse.
- Ran low-intensity groups for people dealing with many of the above issues.
- Conducted community outreach and popular education events in the area.
- Developed partnerships with sister agencies and ran joint programs for marginalized groups in the community.
- From March 2016 to Dec 2016, I was on full-time, paid parental leave. Yeah, the benefits with this job were phenomenal (plus, Canada).
Sept 2011 – Dec 2012
Community Health Worker (LOFT Community Services, Toronto, ON)
- Full-time. Provided trauma-informed counselling and case management for clients in McEwan Housing and Support Services (Community Mental Health Program).
- Engaged in community support and legal/social advocacy for marginalized, homeless people living with HIV/AIDS, and requiring support surrounding housing, physical/mental health, legal issues, fiscal management, and employment support.
- Low-intensity counselling for clients dealing with PTSD, Complex PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
- Advocacy for clients with government bodies like border services, immigration the police and court system, as well as state social agencies like disability support, city housing, public guardians etc.
June 2011 – Sept 2011
South Asian Community Development Worker (Parkdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON)
- Part-time (14 hours per week, 4-month contract). Community-development, outreach/education, and advocacy on issues surrounding gender rights, LGBTQ+ rights, health access, food access, and immigration.
- Ran an advocacy group for marginalized South Asians in addition to developing new support groups for newcomers, youth and the LGBTQ+ community.
- Networking with religious institutions, community-organizations, and direct service programs in order to conduct presentations/workshops that address the above issues.
Sept 2008 – May 2011
Lecturer and Teaching Fellow (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)
- Part-time (20 hours per week). Lectured, developed course material, graded papers, and ran workshops for students as part of teaching fellowship.
- Ran office hours for students, which included counseling them on their academic progress.
- Courses taught: Globalization 101, Cities and Change, Biogeography, Human Geography 101, and Our Globalizing World.
- During this time I was intimately involved in organizing around grad student rights with Grad Student Workers United. I organized on issues surrounding education/healthcare access, and fees reduction, while also coordinating the monthly newsletter for our group.
- I was also an active member of the Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, a Palestine-solidarity BDS campaign that continues to be active in the state (and also happens to be where I met my glorious partner, Susanne).
Jan 2007 – Aug 2008
Co-Founder and Director (Jan Manthan, Gujarat, India)
- Full-time. Co-founded a community-based organization in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India.
- The organization was based in two poor working-class neighborhoods, having many survivors of fascist violence that targeted minority communities in 2002.
- Jan Manthan was involved in running a women’s labor cooperative, building youth groups, running a civic rights movement, and advocating for the rights of survivors of violence.
- My responsibilities included program direction, fundraising, networking with international donors, and month-to-month visioning with activists on the ground.
- I worked pro-bono for the organization until December 2014, offering part-time outreach, networking, and fundraising services until the organization was stable.
- While working on setting up Jan Manthan, I also freelanced as a writer and organizer on issues surrounding social disenfranchisement, economic marginalization, gender justice, and militarism.
June 2004 – Dec 2006
- Full-time. Worked primarily on education, outreach, and violence prevention.
- Implemented many education programs for youth/adults on violence prevention, gender rights, immigrant rights, grassroots organizing, and conflict resolution.
- Was involved in coalition-building, community-outreach, and developed two curricula on preventing gender-based violence within multi-cultural settings and immigrant rights.
- Duties encompassed direct advocacy, including running the shelter from time to time, conducting intake interviews, and legal support.
- Integrally involved in starting an anti-trafficking coalition called Mata Hari: Eye of the Day.
- Recruited and trained volunteers in outreach, education, violence prevention, fundraising events, and direct advocacy.
- During this period, I was part of a month-long, solidarity delegation called Boston 2 Palestine. We travelled through occupied Palestine to participate in nonviolent direct action and learning about colonial occupation and apartheid, with the larger plan of strengthening the Palestine-solidarity movement in Boston. Upon return, we conducted multiple popular education events and plugged into campaign work in and around Boston, building cross-movement ties of solidarity.
May 2003 – May 2004
Curriculum Developer (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)
- Part-time (20 hours per week). Research, writing, and module/workshop-development.
- Networking with educators and various departments in developing curricula for their distance education courses.
- Developing and conducting “Train the Trainer” workshops for professors and teachers.
- Curriculum development for courses in Public Health, Environmental Studies, Political and Economic Geography, Environmental Health, and Social Work.
April 2002 – Dec 2002
Emergency Aid Worker (Aman Samudaya, Gujarat, India)
- Worked with peace and justice coalition involved in the relief and rehabilitation of victims of violence that targeted minority communities in Gujarat.
- The first phase of the work was in relief camps, and involved shelter construction, procurement of rations and medical relief.
- The second phase of the work, after the camps closed down, was community-centric, and involved livelihood-generation projects, house reconstruction and health advocacy.
- The work involved extensive networking and research for human rights and justice campaigns.
- Also involved in security and safety in the camps, as well as conflict resolution.
Sept 1997 – March 2002
Volunteer Organizer and Elected President (VISIONS Bangalore, Bangalore, India)
- Volunteered in student-run AIDS awareness and sexuality rights group in South India.
- Helped implement awareness programs, street theatre, a health advocacy network, and gender/sexuality rights campaigns.
- Co-founder of the education/prevention committee and the health advocacy network.
- Served as elected President for two years from Sept 1999 to Sept 2001.
RESEARCH/WRITING/EDITING EXPERIENCE + AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS
Past Published Papers:
- Conceptualizing Solidarity and Realizing Struggle, Interface: A Journal For And About Social Movements, November 2014.
- The Politics of the Palestinian BDS movement, Socialism and Democracy (Routledge), November 2013.
- Scheduled Tribe Status for Adivasis in Assam, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Taylor and Francis), August 2010.
- SEZs: New Mechanisms for Imperialism in India, Socialism and Democracy (Routledge), March 2008.
Past Published Articles, Writing Projects, and Short Stories:
- Over a dozen articles on healing, mental wellbeing, nonviolence, social justice, and political economy published in various journals and magazines, including LifeHack, Actions Speak Louder, ZNet, ZMag, Himal South Asian, India New England, India Together, Samar, and The South Asian. (Can provide links or pdfs upon request.)
- Sci-Fi Short story – “The Liberated Zones of Mother Dravidia” – published in Rigorous (http://rigorous-mag.com/v1i2/shree-varuna.html)
- ZCommunications: https://zcomm.org/author/sri123/
- Life Hack: https://www.lifehack.org/author/sriram-ananth
- The College Daily: https://thecollegedaily.com/author/shree/
Current Writing Projects
- Love|Liberation|Struggle: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com
- International Book Awards, Finalist, Multicultural Fiction for debut novel, Across the Sabarmati (2014).
- Special Appreciation Award from community members of Parkdale (2015-2016).
- Dunn Peace Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2010).
- Teaching Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2008).
- Achievement Award from Jane Doe Inc (Boston) for gender justice work among immigrants/refugees (2006).
- Appreciation Award from South Asian Network (LA) for anti-sexism work in California (2006).
- Department Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University (2003).
- Commendation Award for AIDS awareness and sexuality rights work in Bangalore (1999).
- Cultural Artiste of the Year, People’s Education Society, Bangalore University (1998 & 1999).
Hobbies/Passions and Sports Awards
- Writing, martial arts, cooking and learning new cuisines, exploring different philosophies & spiritual teachings, cuddle-torturing my pets.
- Gold Medal, 4×400, Bangalore Track & Field Senior Collegiate, People’s Education Society, Bangalore University (1998).
- Double Silver Medal, 400 & 800, Bangalore Track & Field Junior Collegiate, SBMJ College (1995)
- Silver Medal, 4×400, Karnataka Amateur Athletics Championship, Sports Authority of India (1995).
- Most Improved Fighter, Bangalore Mixed Martial Arts Youth Tournament, Club Yuva (1995).
References available upon request (fair warning though – I keep company with some real wingnuts like myself)