Meet Kumudha, another 2013 addition to our Board!

professional (1)Kumudha Kumarachandran, JD is currently working as a legal assistant to a sole practitioner in immigration, business and tax law. Kumudha recently graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was on the executive board of the South Asian Law Students Association. Kumudha is also a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she majored in Government and Politics and minored in Asian American Studies. It was at UMCP, where her passion for serving the community began. During college, Kumudha served on the executive board of the Asian American Student Union and Kappa Phi Gamma, a South Asian interest Sorority, as well as interned for SAALT and OCA National.  Get to know her more by reading her interview below!

Tell us about yourself, where do you work, what are your hobbies?

My name is Kumudha Kumarachandran and I am a recent graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. Currently, I am working part-time as a legal assistant with a sole practitioner, who practices business, tax, and immigration law. My hobbies are writing, painting, and yoga.
When and how did you meet Razia?
I met Razia during my Junior year of college when I was taking a South Asian American Studies class as part of my Asian American Studies minor at University of Maryland. We had a class project to write a paper and do a presentation on a South Asian interest organization. My group chose CHAI and Razia was kind enough to meet up with us and tell us all about CHAI.
How did you later come to be involved with CHAI?
I ran into Razia, not long ago at a friends get together, and she sent me an e-mail regarding openings on the board. After meeting with her about all that the board does, I knew I wanted to be involved and am so happy to be part of the team.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

As a board member, I  hope to increase CHAI’s presence in the community, especially among students. Having been a full time student up until last year, I know how much stress academia can cause, and I think it is important to spread awareness that taking care of your mental health during high stress periods is crucial.

What makes you passionate about mental health and stigma in the South Asian Community?

Growing up, even though my father is a mental health professional, I still never thought any of the stress or emotional burdens in my life were worth getting help for. I was always thought getting help was for people with more “serious” issues. It wasn’t until law school, when so much stress in my life began to build up, that I sought out help from my school’s counseling center and realized how essential getting help is. I realize now how crucial taking that first step was in my well being, and I would like to be able to give that feeling back to my community.
If you could do any job in the world, besides your current job, what would it be?
I would love to be a novelist. I started getting into writing fiction just last year after taking a ficition writing class in law school, and it was a lot of fun.
What’s your favorite way to prepare chai?
Usually letting someone else do it. Although, I worked at Teavana for about 6 years of my life, so I am a huge fan of their CHAI’s, especially the white ayurvedic chai.
If you had to give yourself a new middle name, what would it be and why?
I would probably get rid of my middle name, just to reduce the letter count in my full name. Right now I’m at 27, so I’ve got more letters than the alphabet.

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