Vashisht Asrani, BSc, MA
Vashisht works as a research and evaluation associate, leading various program evaluation projects in the non-profit and education sectors. Vashisht is passionate about using empirical research as well as the lived experiences of community members, to help create inclusive and equitable workplaces. He is also keen on facilitating workshops and other knowledge dissemination activities, in order to get partner organizations to embrace the core principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Vashisht cares about diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives as he feels it is a professional extension of his personal commitment to various social justice causes (e.g. anti-racism, animal rights activism) and his strong belief in moral, economic, gender, and racial egalitarianism. Vashisht continues to expand his skills and knowledge of these areas by attending diversity and inclusion workshops, reviewing the latest research, and through his consulting role with various community partners.
Vashisht completed his SSHRC-funded MA in Psychological Science at Ryerson University, with Dr. Becky Choma. For his graduate research, he explored the influence of socio-political ideology and threat perceptions on attitudes towards vegans and vegetarians, including double outgroups (Sikhs who identify as vegan or vegetarian). He also studied the impact of imagined contact on attitudes towards these outgroups, in a prejudice reduction context.
On the personal front, Vashisht is a cooking, martial arts, and Cricket aficionado. He enjoys history, anthropology, travelling, and learning languages. He is also an animal lover and hopes to get a cat or a dog (or both) soon.