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Lata Murti

Host of Central Coast Voices

Dr. Lata Murti is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday afternoon on KCBX from 1:00-2:00 p.m. After receiving her Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010, Lata has dedicated herself to education, particularly in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging.

Since 2011, she has been a professor of sociology teaching both online and hybrid undergraduate classes to adult learners at University of Massachusetts Global (formerly Brandman University). In addition, she became the tutorial faculty for UMass Global’s Diversity Certificate and Competency courses beginning in Fall 2021.

Dr. Murti also writes and edits, with her work having appeared in a variety of forums, including SPARK—the online magazine of the National Center for Institutional Diversity—The Santa Maria Times, as well as books from Universal Publishers and Complexity Publishing, Inc. Her research on the intersectional experiences of juvenile school educators has been published as a chapter in a 2021 book from Springer Press titled Gender, Race, and Class in the Lives of Today’s Teachers-Educators at Intersections, which she co-edited with Dr. Glenda M. Flores.

Outside of teaching and writing, Dr. Murti has been deemed a community activist for her work with organizations such as the Santa Maria Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Santa Maria-Lompoc Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in addition to her online workshops on cultural humility hosted by organizations throughout California.

When Lata is not teaching, volunteering, or writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, her two kids, and her parents.

Lata's email: lata@kcbx.org

  • Join Lata Murti as she speaks with guests Courtney Haile, Executive Director of R.A.C.E. Matters SLO and Project Visionary for the RACE Matters Belonging series, and Julie Lynem, board president of R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County and journalism lecturer at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. They will discuss the upcoming Belonging 2022 series and their work to amplify the voices of Black and other People of Color in an effort to build an actively anti-racist Central Coast.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 9/8/2022Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests, artists Stephanie Krouse, Mireya Pina, and Christina Hernandez. They will discuss the importance of public art to our communities.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 8/11/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests from the Buddhist Church of Guadalupe, Sensei Naomi Nakano, and Alice Utsunomiya, the former Obon Festival Chairperson and current Church President. They will discuss the history of Buddhism on the Central Coast and the upcoming Obon Festival.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 7/7/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guest Margaret Nakamura Cooper of Santa Maria. They will discuss the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, as Margaret herself experienced it, and what today’s Central Coast residents can learn from the history of Japanese American internment.You are invited to listen and learn from this conversation, Thursday, between 1-2 pm.Broadcast date: 6/30/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests from the Central Coast involved in organizing upcoming Juneteenth celebrations in their communities, including Lawanda Lyons-Pruit, President, of the Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and the Rev. Stephen Vines, President, NAACP SLO County Branch, and Cheryl Vines, San Luis Obispo Juneteenth Chair. They will discuss the history and importance of Juneteenth, as well as share details about upcoming celebrations.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 6/16/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests from Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, Luz Reyes-Martin, VP of Community Engagement, and Eloisa Chavez, Director of Education. They will discuss the work of Planned Parenthood to provide access to women’s health care in the community, as well as the movement for reproductive freedom both nationally and locally.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 6/9/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Lata Murti as she speaks with guests Michelle Call, Executive Director of the Gala Pride and Diversity Center, Dusty Colyer-Worth, Gala board president, Arti Kothari, Gala board secretary, and Lynn Schmidt, with Central Coast Pride. They will talk about the history of Pride, share details about the upcoming SLO PRIDEfest, as well as talk about continuing work to lift the LGBTQ+ community and how we can assist with these efforts.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 5/12/2022Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Lata Murti as we honor National Arab American Heritage Month. She will speak with members of the Arab American community on the Central Coast, Farah Al-Nakib, Assistant Professor in the History Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, Sandra Sarrouf, Founder and Director of Cultural Creations, and Cuesta student, Rola Elbarbary. They will discuss Arab American heritage and culture and pay tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 4/14/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests from SLO 4 Home, President, Dr. Vance Rodgers, Secretary, Lauren Brown, and board member, Dr. Ahmad Nooristani of the Noor Clinic. They will discuss the grassroots efforts to coordinate assistance and support for Afghan refugees in areas like housing, job assistance, education, health, transportation, culture, and hospitality.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with Kristen Kent, Chairperson with the Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools (CCC4IS), and Michelle Call, Executive Director with Gala Pride and Diversity Center. They will discuss how the CCC4IS actively supports the development of safe and affirming school communities and transform educational cultures by empowering youth, families, professionals, and organizations.