Deepening our comfort
with uncomfortable topics to work toward
equity and social justice
Hello, I’m Dr. Anu. I’m a speaker, facilitator, consultant, author and educator specializing in issues of diversity, racial equity and social change.
I believe in pushing the conversation — without pushing folks away.
All of us want to feel a deep sense of belonging and worthiness.
As founder and director of Dr. Anu Consulting, I invite people to grapple with the challenges of history and navigate our present with curiosity, honesty and a commitment to social justice. I am comfortable with discomfort, and hold space for complexity from a mindful and holistic framework.
As an educator, I’ve taught more than 6,000 students over the past 25 years, helping to foster and advance the transformative power of awareness and empathy. As a public speaker, I've delivered graduation speeches, keynotes, and presentations at over 150 libraries, literary festival and community organizations around the Pacific Northwest.
As a consultant and facilitator, I partner with clients to ensure that our work strategically addresses the underlying issues beyond the “check the box” approach. In all my work, I strive to create compassionate spaces for individuals to feel heard, plugged in, and invested.
My book and my work have been highlighted in prominent media:
My latest book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, was named as a Washington State Book Award Finalist, one of Fodor’s Travels “13 Books to Inspire Your Travels," selected as one of Oprah Magazine's "26 Best Travel Books," and featured in YES!, AFAR, Nat Geo and Bitch magazines.
By sharing engaging personal travel stories and thought-provoking questions about identity, race, and difference, "Beyond Guilt Trips" gives us the tools to better understand the uncomfortable feelings about who we are, where we come from, and how much we have.
This is a book meant to be read and discussed with friends, classmates and colleagues. Beyond Guilt Trips is being used as a board and staff training tool, professional development for teachers, a school and college textbook, and book club selections across the country.