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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, books for children, on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, on women's issues, international affairs, and on any other topic that captures her imagination. She also loves dancing, modelling, 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. The Society For Diversity ( honored Nahal as the member for the month of March 2013. The write up is available at: She has also 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 to her credit; 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, Diversity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias. 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 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 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 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. Besides being a CDP-Certified Diversity Professional from the Institute For Diversity, Nahal also has a Humanext Diversity & Inclusion at Work Trainer Certification, and a Certificate in Cultural Competency, Culture and Diversity from the Global Health University: Unite For Sight.

Nahal's is also a creative writer with one book of poetry published, "Initiations" (1988). Her second book of poems is ready for publication. Her recent poems can be found in Aberration Labyrinth, Confluence, Better Than Starbucks, and aaduna. She has read her poems at Busboys and Poets, DC, and at the 100,000 Poets For Change, Souderton, PA. 

Besides a book of poems, Nahal also has two books of nursery rhymes and one book of children's short stories to her credit. Her nursery rhymes books, I Love Mummy and other New Nursery Rhymes & When I Grow Up and Other New Nursery Rhymes, published by Madhuban Publications,  Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, India in 1993, went into several reprints afterwards. Her children's short story book, The Greedy Green Parrot and Other Stories (1995), also published by Madhuban Publications, Vikas, New Delhi, went into many editions. The above nursery rhymes books have been accepted for a new imprint due for publication in 2018.

Nahal has also hosted her own TV show, Dimensions of Diversity, telecast on Comcast Channel 271, MHZw, in the DC/MD/VA for a couple of years. Nahal is looking for a publisher for her latest book, Smile, Breathe & Laugh Off A Lay Off, an e-version of which is receiving considerable attention. More information on this book can be found at:

Nahal dabbles a bit in modelling as well, and has appeared in a WHO Ad: She has learned and taught Line Dancing, and has created numerous videos of Line Dance routines choreographed by her. Therefore, Nahal is a multi-dimensional person!

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.

Anita Nahal has one son, her blessing, Vikrant.  Her parents, both having passed, were well known educationists. Her father, Dr. Chaman Nahal, was a well-known novelist, writer, professor, and winner of the Sahitya Akademi award (1977) for his classic novel in English (translated into numerous languages) on the partition of India, AZADI (see more at: and mother, Dr. Sudarshna Nahal was principal of a k-12 public school in New Delhi, India who wrote a seminal book on school principals and leadership: The Principal: A Leadership Profile

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

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