Born in New York but raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Veda spent summers visiting Mumbai and Kolkata, India, the hometowns of her parents. Exposure to different communities and parts of the world fueled her desire to find a diverse college experience. When Veda began at Gallatin, she planned to pursue a career in Fashion Business. However, the First-Year Seminars she took with Stephen Duncombe and Chinnie Ding exposed her to the writing and thinking of Judith Butler, Walter Lippmann, Slavoj Žižek, and Hannah Arendt. The influence of those seminars redirected her interests and led her to change her academic focus and to examining the intersection of social justice and entrepreneurship.
Between her first and second year, Veda taught English in Kolkata to a group of young adults through the French NGO Life Project for Youth. In her sophomore year, she spent the spring semester in Berlin where she explored German art and history. In the summer of 2017, Veda taught middle schoolers through Wise Readers to Leaders, a program which fosters literacy projects in low-income communities and at-risk environments across Los Angeles. When she returns to Gallatin as a junior in the fall of 2017, she will join Gallatin’s America’s Scholars group, a program that brings together high-achieving juniors and seniors at Gallatin who are interested in matters related to the Americas through meetings, discussion, and travel.
Gallatin has allowed me the flexibility to test my interests and to find an ideal field for me. The support afforded by this community is unparalleled and largely responsible for my decision to look at a career in social entrepreneurship. —Veda Kamra