Title/s: Adjunct Professor
Project Advisor, Office of the President, Columbus State Community College
External Webpage: www.linkedin.com/in/sowmya-sastri1989
Sowmya Sastri (she/her/hers) is an adjunct instructor for the Professional Identity Formation Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She currently serves as a project advisor for the Office of the President at Columbus State Community College. In this role, she advises on public-private partnerships that further student success, provides executive support for the College's Boards, and leads continuous improvement efforts with a focus on equity for the Office's strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, Sowmya served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Columbus State Community College. Previously, she served as a Junior Associate at The Bloom Firm in New York City, representing clients in civil rights and employment cases, including sexual harassment and discrimination claims. She also served as a public defender at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem where she represented parents in child protection proceedings and worked to protect families and end forced family separation.
Prior to her legal work, Sowmya completed a service year with Americorps' Public Allies Chicago and worked in public and private K - 12 schools in Chicago's south and west sides focusing on literacy work and counseling. Sowmya has a plethora of experience working with students, working at non-profits, and helping people with varying backgrounds navigate complex systems.
Sowmya holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from DePaul University. As a ChildLaw Fellow, Sowmya focused her legal education on children's rights and social justice. During her time in law school, Sowmya along with her colleague Talia Shifron, founded the Professional Identity Formation course in an effort to address cultural competency gaps in legal education.
BA, Public Policy, DePaul University
JD, Loyola University Chicago
Professional Identity Formation