Yesterday morning, a chilly March morning perfect for a steaming cup of hot CHAI, the 2013 board got it’s first opportunity to gather in full and start planning a year of hard work and meaningful projects. With so many new faces, we just had to order in some spicy, delicious Ethiopian food to share while we got to know each other and the strengths each of us brings to CHAI, and what about the new mission resonated with us.
The new mission: CHAI takes a holistic approach to providing proactive, culturally competent information and referrals on mental health and wellness to the South Asian populations. We work collaboratively with communities and service organizations to end stigma and increase access to mental health services.
Take a minute to read the introductions below of two lovely ladies who have recently joined the CHAI board.
After obtaining a degree in journalism from Ithaca College, Archana Menon just completed her work as the Coordinator of Publicity and Culture at the Embassy of India, DC. Archana first heard of CHAI through family and friends, and met ED, Razia Kosi at a dinner where she was introduced to CHAI’s mission and work. CHAI’s strong commitment to improving mental health services in the South Asian community and meeting CHAI’s board members convinced her to get involved.
Archana was a little late to discover the delightful taste of chai- growing up, chai was given to Archana whenever she fell sick and thought chai was just as tasty as cough syrup. Today, Archana is always up for a strong cup for masala chai. Coffee, however, will always remain her first choice.
Archana is a news addict and is constantly seeking ways to learn about different cultures around the world. She enjoys traveling, yoga, exploring DC, trying new food spots and attempting culinary experiments.