WEST HARTFORD — Kingswood Oxford students Anusha Memon ’20 of South Windsor of and Esha Shrivastav ’20 of Ellington were among the 94 individuals honored on Friday, November 15 at the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence “First 100” Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at the Marriot in Hartford. Memon and Shrivastav were nominated by their college advisors Peggy Clark and Matt Waldman, respectively for the work that the two students performed over the summer for the organization. The award is given to individuals who have committed themselves in the past year to raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence and social justice.
Of the 94 honorees, Memon and Shrivastav were the only teenagers in a group that was also comprised of law enforcement agents and hotline operators. Both students had interned this past summer at CCADV, where Kingswood Oxford former parent Karen Jarmoc P ‘14, ‘14, ’17 is the chief executive officer of the non-profit organization. The students had hands-on work experience and managed the social platforms for the organization twice a week for six weeks. Thanks to Jarmoc’s mentoring, the experience was a wonderful learning opportunity for the students.
“Esha and Anusha are both incredibly thoughtful and innovative young women who excelled while interning with us last summer,” said Jarmoc. “As high school students with deep a commitment to social justice, they offered valuable insight into how CCADV can strengthen our social media efforts to have a meaningful impact on preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships. They are both impressive young women with bright futures ahead of them and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to recognize their contributions to our work.”
“We are at an age when we start considering serious and not-so-serious relationships and learning how to be in relationships. The involvement in this organization showed us the hardships that people go through in unhealthy relationships,” said Memon. Although KO has several clubs on campus that address many social justice concerns, she felt it was important to go beyond KO and learn of broader issues that were new to her.
The students launched a “Coaching Boys into Men” program at KO that was developed by CCADV. “This is a step in the right direction,” said Shrivastav. They plan on developing an event or having a speaker during February which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month under the guidance of Dean of Students Will Gilyard.
For their efforts, the students received a certificate signed by Senator Blumenthal. “We were honored to have been selected, and we hope that we have made a positive impact at KO. Once we graduate, we hope that other students will continue what we have started,” said Memon.