Shruti Desai, Ed.D., serves as Chief of Staff of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (for civic and community-based projects). In her role, Shruti works to keep the day-to-day work of the Gephardt Institute running while ensuring strong collaborations with partners internal and external to the university. Shruti works with the assessment and strategy team and the marketing and communications team to continue to tell the story of the powerful work that the institute does. Shruti’s research examines resilience in women of color in Senior Student Affairs Officer roles. Prior to joining the Gephardt Institute, Shruti held professional roles at McKendree University and within Residence Life at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University.
Shruti has worked to lead systemic change for LGBT and individuals of color for students and professional staff. Shruti holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Shruti lives in St. Louis with her incredible wife and their zoo of two dogs and a cat!