Get to know the fabulous people behind the magic at One Future Collective.
Uttanshi Agarwal, Research Associate, Feminist Justice
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a final year law student at the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. I was born and brought up in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and moved to Bangalore just a few years back. I will read anything there is to read and will always be up to cozy up in my blanket and take a nap. I’m a huge believer in the power of communities and have invested my time in building these communities by hosting TEDxYouth@Shantinagar, Bangalore and working with Under 25, an organization centered around curating memorable and moving experiences for the youth. After I graduate, I hope to become a litigator with a primary focus on human rights lawyering.
Tell us about what you do at One Future Collective?
My work at OFC is mostly curating curriculum for different workshops and primarily child rights and feminist justice work. Alongside this, I just started working on a column for the Queer Resource Center and am working on curating a column for the Feminist Justice Project. Additionally, I also work with outreach for OFC in Bangalore reaching out to corporates, colleges and schools to collaborate with them.
Why One Future Collective?
At OFC, inexperience is not equated to discredit. Everyone’s willing to be patient and take the new members through the process while giving them the time to get used to how things work around here. My time and personal commitments are respected. There is an unexplainable warmth that holds this team together.
Your favourite One Future Collective memory.
It hasn’t been too long since I joined and not being able to be in Bombay takes away a lot of the time that I would’ve gotten to spend with the team otherwise. But my memory working for OFC so far has to be when we had our Bangalore Youth Meetup in May, this year. The energy, the crowd and just the overall flow of the event reinforced in me the belief that we do what we do and we do it to learn more and more importantly, together.
What inspires you?
My goal has been to develop a sense of discipline – in relation to the work I do, my education, my health – everything. It’s inspiring to know that discipline can be tiring but can also be the biggest source of strength and grit when we’re going through a rough patch.
Top three book/song recommendations or both!
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
I want to be free, but patriarchy and capitalism tether me!
Pride with OFC, 2022
Who decides what queerness looks like?