In this webinar, our panelists will:

  • Examine the ways in which race, caste, class, and ethnicity intersect to shape experiences of sexual assault and influence access to justice and support.
  • Highlight the unique challenges faced by marginalized communities in addressing and responding to sexual violence within specific socio-cultural contexts.
  • Foster dialogue and awareness around the importance of intersectional approaches in advocacy, prevention, and survivor support initiatives.


Ms. Christina Dhanuja

Writer & Convenor | Global Campaign for Dalit Women

Christina Dhanuja Bio

Christina Dhanuja (aka Christina Dhanaraj) is a researcher by academic qualification, a strategy consultant by experience, and an external relations professional. Over the last ~14 years, she has held multiple roles in India, China, Singapore, and the Netherlands, working with a diverse set of stakeholders in government, business, and development sectors.

Christina was formerly an external relations advisor at the Shell Headquarters in the Hague and a business advisor to the country chair of Shell China. She is the convener and founder member of the Global Campaign for Dalit Women, a minority-led initiative that works with survivors of sexual violence, climate change, caste atrocities, and economic oppression. She consults with corporates, non-profits, faith-based institutions, and academia advising on caste diversity, equity, & inclusion, leadership development, and accountability frameworks.

Christina is also the co-founder of the #DalitHistoryMonth project and has published on intersectional discourses between caste, gender, religion, race, sexuality, and mental health. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book on Dalit women and the fullness of life. 


Rev. Dr. S. Helen Chukka

Assistant Professor | Hebrew Bible Wartburg Seminary

Rev. Dr. S. Helen Chukka
Helen Chukka serves as an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible. She hails from Andhra Pradesh, India and belongs to the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church. She pursued her theological studies in Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India, Union Theological Seminary, New York, and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anti-Caste Reading to Unravel the Intricacies of Caste.”

Before coming to the US in 2016, she served the National Council of Churches in India as the Executive Secretary for the Commission on Youth. 

Hailing from a diverse linguistic, religious, and cultural context, Helen developed a passion to engage scripture creatively to proclaim the gospel of Christ faithfully and effectively. Helen enjoys engaging in contextual readings of the Bible, including postcolonial, Dalit feminist, anti-caste, Womanist/Feminist interpretations, and juxtaposing biblical texts with Indian films and novels. 

She has led bible studies and given presentations on panels for Student Christian Movement in India, World Student Christian Federation, World Council Churches, and World Communion of Reformed Churches. 

Her upcoming publications include chapters in Oxford Handbook of the Bible in India, Oxford Bibliographies, and a volume on Dalit Theology.

Dr. Brittney Cooper

Professor, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies | Rutgers University 

Dr. Brittney Cooper’s Bio

Brittney Cooper is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is also Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Race and Gender Equity or RAGE Lab at Rutgers. She is author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage, and most recently Stand Up: Ten Mighty Women Who Made a Change. She’s a commentator on MSNBC, a contributor at The Cut, and has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Essence, Cosmopolitan and many others. Dr. Cooper hails from Louisiana and is a proud alumna of Howard University. She is also a licensed minister in the Baptist Church.

Ms. Emma Eagle Heart-White

Psychotherapist | Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Emma Eagle Heart-White Bio

Emma Eagle Heart-White, MAC, LPC, (Waŋblí Wíyaka Wíŋ – Eagle Feather Woman), Oglála Lakȟóta, is a sexual assault survivor, advocate, and psychotherapist.  She is the co-author of Warrior Princesses Strike Back:  How Lakota Twins Fight Oppression and Heal Through Connectedness.  Emma utilizes her foundational Lakȟóta upbringing to support others on their healing path.  As a survivor of sexual assault, Emma’s passion is in helping others heal as she draws from her own personal, professional, and cultural experience.  Understanding the impact of intergenerational trauma and historical trauma was instrumental in her finding healing through traditional Lakota spirituality and reconciling deep traumas that plague many Indigenous communities.

Mrs. Eagle Heart-White combines a number of trauma informed healing modalities including culturally-based practices of smudging with traditional medicines, healing knowledge, and healing programs such as, White Bison’s “Mending Broken Hearts-Healing Unresolved Grief and Intergenerational Trauma and White Bison:  Youth-Purpose of Life.  She, also, employs Western modalities including Brainspotting Therapy discovered by Dr. David Grand.  This therapy is effective for treating and processing traumatic memories on an emotional and somatic level.  She is a co-facilitator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy youth groups.  She is, also, a Reiki/Energy Work practitioner.  Throughout her career, Emma has worked with at-risk youth, individuals, couples, elderly, and families.  She has treated individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicide, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, domestic and sexual violence.

Emma holds a Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.), Community emphasis, from Lakeland University, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Educational Policy and Community Studies, and an Interdisciplinary Degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Emma has been a psychotherapist for seven years, a Domestic Violence Advocate in both community and court settings for five years, and a Native American youth advocate in the public school system for five years.. She has also served as adjunct staff for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh teaching Domestic Violence classes to undergraduate students.




Ms. Muthoni Muriu

Senior Adviser, Diversity, Inclusion and Shared Leadership | UN Women

Ms. Muthoni Muriu’s Bio

Ms. Muthoni Muriu brings over twenty-five years of international development experience, and a passion for women’s rights and social justice, to her role as Senior Adviser, Diversity, Inclusion and Shared Leadership for UN Women. In her role, she supports the development, implementation and monitoring of UN Women’s diversity and inclusion programs.  This includes a focus on race and discrimination issues related to, amongst others, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, and disability. Her focus is on supporting a truly inclusive workplace culture where all personnel are valued and empowered to contribute their best work in service of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

For more information or questions, please contact Yvonne O’Neal at