About

PERSONAL SUMMARY

As a communication major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst also specializing in feminist studies, with over 12 years of leadership experience in intersectional social justice, I aim to leverage my extensive practice in activism, human rights, climate justice, women’s leadership and digital advocacy, to affect social action. I am committed to blending my scholarship and praxis to impact social change.

Work history

Communications Chair, Anthropology of Consciousness, American Anthropological Association,                         May 2021 – present.

  • Strategize  and executive external communication including social media communication for programs and publication undertaking of Anthropology of Consciousness.

Board of Directors, Association for the Anthropology of Consciousness, American Anthropological Association, May 2021 – present.

  • Advise the work of an interdisciplinary association of anthropologists, psychologists, mythologists, archaeologists, sociologists, and like minded scholar-practitioners united by a common interest in the study of consciousness from an anthropological perspective.

Content co-developer, Environment Section, The New Tibet Museum, Central Tibetan Administration,                                                                October 2017 – May 2021.

  • Lead and develop content and design creation for the Environment Section at the New Tibet Museum, that foregrounds the environmental significance of the  Tibetan plateau also known as the Earth’s Third Pole, Roof of the World, Asia’s Water Tower and Rain Maker.

Secretary, Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration,                              June 2016 – January 2019.

  • Headed the information and broadcast wing of the Tibetan government in exile. Responsibilities included managing the Tibet Museum, Tibet TV, Tri-lingual news sites (Tibet.net/ Bod.Asia/Xizang.ziye), Social Media desk, Translation and Publication, Narthang Printing Press, Project Desk and Human Rights Advocacy campaign.

Project Leader, the New Tibet Museum, DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration, October 2017 – January 2019.

  • Led and supervised the creation of the New Tibet Museum, a history museum and a center for research, learning, engagement, and development, on Tibet and the Tibetan people.

Advisory Committee Member, Women’s Empowerment Desk, Central Tibetan Administration, January 2017 – December 2018.

  • Responsibilities included advising the WED that aims to ensure gender perspectives are incorporated in the design, implementation and monitoring of all of CTA’s program activities. Took active role in hosting the convening of the ‘First Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference’ by the Central Tibetan Administration.

Co-Chair, International Tibet Network,  November 2012 – September 2016.

  • Advised the Executive committee of the Network, Chaired meetings of the steering committee of the Network representing a global coalition of over 120 Tibet-related non-governmental organisations.

General Secretary, Tibetan Chinese PEN Association, April 2014 – May 2016.

  • Organized conferences and managed grants for TCPA, a worldwide non-profit, non-political and non-governmental association made up of Tibetan and Chinese writers, editors, researchers, publishers and journalists who have interest in the preservation and promotion of the Tibetan literature.

Elected Representative of Tibetan Parliament in Exile,            May 2011 -May 2016.

  • Won two consecutive elections held in exile India. Hold the record for highest number of votes ever received for a parliamentary candidate.

Research and Media Executive, Tibetan Women’s Association,  September 2005 – September 2006, and February 2008- April 2012.

  • Responsibilities included leading a team of researchers to produce the most authoritative reports and multimedia production on the status of Tibetan women in Tibet such as Tears of Silence: A Report on China’s Birth Control Policy in Tibet, Breaking the Shackles: 50 Years of Tibetan Women’s Struggle, A Sequence of Tortures: A Diary of Interrogations, and The Status of Tibetan Women in Tibet. Managed media, public relations, and projects for the largest and only women’s non-governmental organization in Tibetan history.

ADVOCACY HISTORY

  • Climate justice

Chaired  Tibet Third Pole climate advocacy campaigns led by the International Tibet Network, 2012 – 2016.

Part of the Tibet Third Pole (T3P) delegation, first Tibet advocacy group to participate in the United National Conference on Climate Change (COP-15), Copenhagen, December 2009 -January 2010.

  • Gender and women’s issues

2021Speaker, Power of the Feminine: Facing Shadow, Evoking Light, Webinar, Human Foundation, Egypt,    October 2021.

Moderator, Living from the Heart , Panel Discussion, Women’s Economic Forum, Caribbean,                                                                           August 2021.

Speaker, Public interaction with Taiwanese Member of Parliament Yu Mei-nu on “Is Gender an Issue?-Tibetan and Taiwanese Female Politicians Talk about Their Bitter-Sweet Experience,” Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2017.                     

Organized and led the first Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, Tibetan Women’s Association, Dharamsala, India,                      August 2014.

Speaker, Gender and Its Understanding in the Tibetan Community , Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India,                        June  2014.

Speaker, Women’s Rights, Human Dignity and Equality, United Nations Watch, Geneva,        February 2014.

Tabled the first ‘Private Member’s Resolution on Protecting Tibetan Women’s Sexual and Legal Rights’ in the Tibetan Parliament, Dharamsala,                                               September 2011.

Organized and led a series of Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training, Tibetan Women’s Association, Dharamsala,                           June 2010 – November 2011.

Speaker, 1st International Congress on Women’s Health and Unsafe Abortion (ICWHUA) ,  Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Bangkok,               January 2010.

Organized and led a series of Women’s Empowerment Programs, Tibetan Women’s Association India,                                                                September 2005 – August 2017.

Organized and led a series of Tibetan Nuns’ Leadership Programs,  Tibetan Women’ Association, India,                                                                              June 2009 – April 2012.

  • Human rights

Lead trainer, Digital Media Advocacy at the first ‘International Rohingya Youth Conference,’ British Rohingya of United Kingdom (BROUK), London,                                   December 2019.

Organized and hosted the first ‘Geneva Forum for Human Rights,’ Central Tibetan Administration, Geneva, November 2018.

Moderator,  Promises Unfulfilled: Human Rights in China-the case of Tibet and Xinjiang, UN Human Rights Side Event, Society for Threatened People, Geneva, November  2018.

Speaker, Human Rights in China-Seeking Solutions, UN Human Rights Side Event, Society for Threatened People, Geneva, September 2018.

Speaker, Tibet- a burning desire for freedom, Fritt Ort Foundation, Oslo, Norway,                                                                                                   December 2013.

Speaker, Press Conference to condemn China’s current propaganda drive and crackdown in Tibet. Also recognized as World’s First Ever Google+ Hangout Global Live Press Conference,     June 2011.

  • Intersectional Social justice

Speaker, Non-violent resistance in Tibet, Tibet Initiative Deutschland, Darmstadt, Germany, September 2018.

Speaker, ‘International seminar on Minority and indigenous peoples’ rights,’ KIOS, the Finnish NGO foundation for human rights, Helsinki, Finland,                                  November 2011.

  • Political advocacy

Speaker, Leading freedom in exile, TEDx Dharamsala, India,                        November 2017.

Speaker,  ‘Taiwan International Conference on Tibet,’ Taipei, Taiwan, November 2017.

Organized and hosted the first ‘Five-fifty conference: Shaping Tibet’s political future,’ Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, India,     October 2017.

Speaker,  ‘9th Inter-ethnic Leadership Conference,’ Citizen Power of China, Taipei, Taiwan,        April 2014.

Speaker, Making Democracy Real, Initiatives of Change, Asia Plateau, Panchgani, India,                                                                                      February 2014.

Representative, Tibetan Parliamentary delegation, All-India Lobby Campaign, January – May 2013.

Media Relations Committee, Tibetan People’s  Solidarity Campaign. Delhi, India, February 2013.

Tibetan Parliamentary Representative at the 6th World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada,                 April 2012.

  • Diplomacy

Organizing committee member and moderator, Virtual celebration of Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020, Regional Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts, Amherst, February 2021

Vice Chair, Organizing Committee, Thank You India-2018,  Central Tibetan Administration,                                                                                          March-April 2018.

Vice Chair, Organizing Committee, Cultural Festival of Tibet, Central Tibetan Administration,                                                                                    April 2018.

Core member, Organizing Committee, High Level bipartisan U.S. Congressional Delegation’s visit to Dharamsala led by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Central Tibetan Administration, May 2017.

  • Youth leadership

Organized and hosted the first ‘Five-fifty youth conference: Shaping Tibet’s future,’ Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, India,         August 2018.

Speaker, Advocacy in the age of social media, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India,                                                             August 2017.

Speaker, Youth Empowerment, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India,                                                                                    June  2016.

Moderator, Beijing plus 20: Women’s Leadership Status in Asia, A Panel Discussion, Tibetan Women’s Association. Delhi,                              December 2015.

Moderator, Role of Women in Peace-building, Reconciliation and ensuring Accountability, A Panel Discussion, Tibetan Women’s Association. Delhi,                          December 2013.

Interviews

Tibet will set the litmus test for China’s rise. Published in Deutsche Welle (DW), March 30, 2018.

Dhardon Sharling mirroring struggle of Tibet sans China’s narrative. Published in The Tibet Post, June 24, 2017.

I faced a storm, I surfed it through: Dhardon Sharling. Published in Tibet Sun, October 6, 2016.

I truly believe that no one is above the law: Sharling Dhardon. Published in The Tibet Post, June, 2016.

India’s Tibetan women assuming bigger roles. Published in Deutsche Welle (DW), January 1, 2014.

The Stream — Tibet: Striving beyond the Middle Way?. Broadcast on Aljazeera Stream, August 18, 2011.

Gender roles of Tibetan society challenged on a daily basis. Published in The Tibet Post, July 20, 2011.

Digital storytelling

Produced and directed a music video Dromo Rinchen Gangala, March, 2021.

Creative advisor, A Place in the Sun: Stories from Tibet in Exile, a Tibet TV production premiered at the 15th New Asia Cinema, Umass. Also coordinated its world premiere. October, 2019.

Creative advisor, India’s Roadbuilders, a Tibet TV production. October, 2019.

Creative advisor, Connecting Faith through Technology, a Tibet TV production. January, 2017.

Created a short documentary Are We Ready-2011, January 2010.

Acted in a short Tibetan film Chocho, April 2004.

Academic conference presentations

Sharling, T. D., (2021 March).  Buddhist and Feminist Approaches to Climate and Ecology, Sea Change: Lifeworlds & Ecological Upheaval, Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, American Anthropological Association.

Sharling, T. D., (2021 March). International Women’s Day: Women Creating Change, Centre for Lifelong Learning, California Institute for Human Science.

Sharling, T. D., (2020 October).  Evoking the Power of the Feminine, Centre for Lifelong Learning, California Institute for Human Science.

Sharling, T. D., (2020 November).  The Anthropologist as Other: Praxis, Identity & the Future of Modern Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, American Anthropological Association.

Sharling, T. D., (2017 February).  Resolving the Tibet question: the strategic relevance and importance of the Middle-Way approach, University of Westminster, London.

Sharling, T. D., (2017 February).  Borderlines Conference 2017: Religion, Nationalism, and Identity, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication               Fall 2014-present University of Massachusetts, Amherst Dissertation title: “Promotion of Human Values Online: The Dalai Lama in the Digital Age.” Advisor: Professor Anne Ciecko

Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies              Expected Summer 2022 University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Master of Science in Counselling Studies                         November 2007 University of Edinburgh                                                                    

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies                 November 2007 University of Edinburgh                                                                    

Master of Arts in Communication                                                   May 2005      Madras Christian College, Madras University, Chennai, India

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature                                           May 2003 Ethiraj College for Women, Madras University, Chennai, India      

Teaching experience

at the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Instructor, Comm 375 Writing as Communication              Fall 2021-present

Instructor, Comm 260 Public Speaking                  Spring 2019- Spring 2021

Teaching Assistant, Comm 339 Media and Public Policy                 Fall 2019

Teaching Assistant, Comm 397 SE Social Media in Everyday Life Fall 2019

Teaching assistant, Comm 310 Social Influence and Persuasion Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, Comm 212 Cultural Codes in Communication (Led weekly section class)                       Fall 2014/ Spring 2016/Spring 2019             

Honors

Featured as a Umass expert on “Building healthy relationships post Covid.” Umass Magazine. Fall 2021.

Department of Communication nominee for Boscov Fellowship, Umass Amherst, 2021-2022.

Featured as Umass Amherst Campus Celebrity. Her Campus. 2015

Sir Tom Farmer scholarship to pursue graduate studies at University of Edinburgh, 2006-2007 (only one scholarship awarded till date).