Throughout her time at Stanford, Riya has been committed to environmental stewardship and public service. She is a valuable and dedicated volunteer at the Stanford Educational Farm, and she has been a leader in Stanford in Government (SIG) since her freshman year. She has served on the ASSU Committee on Sustainability and helped organize SOS: Stories of Sustainability, an environmental-justice themed event featuring students’ stories, spoken word and dance.
Beyond her work with student groups, Riya has spent her summers engaged in public service. Last summer, she interned in the Office of the Executive Director at the United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest organization fighting hunger worldwide. This upcoming summer, she will be the SIG fellow at the Landesa Rural Development Institute, working with the organization’s Center for Women’s Land Rights.
Outside of academics, Riya is a certified yoga instructor and volunteers her time by teaching yoga classes at co-ops and community centers on campus.