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About Anita Nahal

Anita Nahal, Ph.D., CDP lives in NJ, USA with her son, Vikrant, her blessing.  She loves writing poetry, for children, on diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias and on any other topic that captures her imagination. She also loves dancing, commercial advertising, and interior home designing. In between, Anita is a diversity, inclusion & unconscious bias trainer, and has previously served as a professor of history, and administrator in higher education. Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), Anita is also the Founder & Chairperson of  

Nahal's professional experiences include: Assistant Provost for International Programs, Howard University, Washington D.C.; Visiting Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York; Associate Professor of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India; and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia & Howard University, Washington D.C. She also currently serves as the Mellon Fellowship Program Administrator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Nahal's scholarly achievements include: Visiting Scholar at the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender at the University of California at Berkeley (2001), Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the State University of New York at Binghamton (1997), and an NEH Summer Seminar Award winner (1996).

Nahal has done significant work on diversity and multiculturalism. Recently, the Society For Diversity ( honored Nahal as the member for the month of March 2013. The write up is available at: She also previously won two diversity related awards at Howard University; the Cultural Diversity Awareness Award (2006) and the Unsung Hero Award (2007). She has numerous diversity related publications; links to some of these are available at: Her recent research (alongwith co-PIs), a major quantitative study on, diversity at Historically Black Colleges & Universities was published as a chapter in a book in 2015. Link to ifnormaiton on this is availabe at: "Ethnic and Cultural Diversity at HBCUs and Its Impact on Students, Faculty, and Staff,Anita Nahal, Adrian Thompson, Mai Abdul Rahman, and Verna F. Orr," Nahal presents in various conferences in the US and abroad.

Nahal's teaching and research focus include US History, African American Women's History and South Asian Women's History. She has authored three books, one being her Ph.D. work on "US Policy Toward Egypt 1953-1958: A Reappraisal." Nahal has published extensively in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, National Women's Studies Association Journal, International Educator, and the Society For Diversity Newsletter, among others. Some recent publications include: "The Business Case for Diversity," in the Society For Diversity Newsletter (May 2013), "African American Women and the Niagara Movement," in the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History (July, 2008) and "Flemmie Kittrell," in the African American National Biography (OUP, 2008).

Nahal is a consultant on a number of areas that include: Diversity & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, Higher Education, Writing, Research, Website Designing, & Life Transitions. More information can be found at:

Nahal's is also a creative writer with one book of poetry published, "Initiations" (1988), plus two books of nursery rhymes and one book of short stories. Her second book of poems is ready for publication. Her recent poems can be found in Aberration Labyrinth and Confluence, and some are forthcoming in aaduna and Confluence.  She also previously hosted her own TV show, Dimensions of Diversity, telecast on Comcast Channel 271, MHZw, in the DC/MD/VA, Nahal is looking for a publisher for her latest book, Smile, Breathe & Laugh Off A Lay Off, e-version of which is receiving considerable attention. More information on this book can be found at:

Nahal is a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Negro Education, Howard University, 2003-Cont., International Contributing Editor for The Journal of American History, Indiana, USA, 2002-Cont., and was previously Managing Editor, The Humanities Review, New Delhi, India, 1979-1985

Nahal serves as a D&I Consultant for the AAUW, Empire State Virtual Branch, NY; D&I Trainer for Humanext, NJ; D&I Trainer for HR Anew, MD and a D&I Instructor for INTISUN Training and Language Services, Texas. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of Free Your Mind Forum, Texas and Opal Network Allliance, Florida.

Nahal is actively involved in community service. Currently she a volunteer with the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey.

Previously, she served as a member, AAUW Diversity and Inclusion National Task Force Committee, member, AAUW, Arlington, VA Branch, chair of the University Relations Committee, and co-vice president (membership), Arlington County Chapter, American Association for University Women (AAUW). Nahal also previously served as the vice chair on the Arlington County’s Commission on the Status Of Women and also served on the Arlington County's Multicultural Commission, the Arlington School Superintendent’s Elimination of the Achievement Gap Committee, and the Budget Advisory Council to the Arlington School Board.

Nahal has traveled extensively around the world, speaks four languages (English, Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu)

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