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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 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.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with Muara Johnston, Co-Director of the SLO Jewish Film Festival, and Bobby Naimark, Manager for the Jewish Community Center-Federation of San Luis Obispo, as they talk about the upcoming SLO Jewish Film Festival, a unique cultural experience on California’s Central Coast - celebrating Jewish life, community, and films.
  • Join host Lata Murti as she speaks with guests from the Santa Barbara County Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission, chair, Glenn Morris, and members, Megan Turley and Jannet Rios. They will discuss how the commission did redistricting differently this year, how the commission process functioned, and lessons learned in the first effort of this new commission.
  • Join Kris Kington Barker, and new hosts Mario Espinoza-Kulick and Lata Murti, as they speak with guests from the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, board members Cornel N. Morton, Ph.D., Michael Boyer, and Jill Stollmeyer. They will discuss their work to provide programs and resources that celebrate our diversity and promote the inclusion of all members of our community.
  • Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County.