Jointly organized by Ondede and the Gender Sensitization cell, a public lecture was held at the St. Joseph’s College Auditorium on the 5th of July, with guest speaker Dr. Smitha Radhakrishnan, who is a professor of Sociology at Wellesley College in Boston, USA.


Dr Radhakrishna’s talk was on “radical inclusivity”, which is an inclusivity that maintains at its core the idea that every human has the right to thrive equally amongst other humans. Her talk was thus an imagination of a radically inclusive world, where we embraced inclusivity in our work and professional spheres, in our societal norms, in our love and our relationships and in the manner in which we produce our knowledge.

The lecture was followed by a question and answer session with the audience and the presiding panel, which apart from Dr. Radhakrishnan, included other eminent speakers such as Ms. Meera Chakraborty, Ms. Akkai Padmashali, Professor Kiran Jeevan and Professor. Padma Baliga. The discussion was powerful and insightful, and drew in many perspectives from an engaged audience. The topic of inclusivity and exclusivity within our society is a topic that deserves much more discussion and thought, and affects every single person’s life. Ondede was proud to be part of such a forum that helped begin this discussion within our minds, and our communities.