Biography

Lalita Kaligotla joined the Hart Leadership Program (HLP) team in January 2019. In this role, she is responsible for various HLP programs including the Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Fellowship and Hart Fellows Program.

She teaches undergraduate courses on civic engagement, democratic participation and values-based leadership, including the gateway course in the SOL program, “Border Crossing: Leadership, Value Conflicts and Public Life.” The pedagogical framework of these courses is the experiential learning component and seminar structure enabling students to collectively reflect on their learning in class and apply it to active engagement within a community context. Prior to moving to Durham, Lalita directed the Minor in Leadership Studies at Georgia Tech, a successful interdisciplinary program based in the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at the Scheller College of Business, focused on facilitating leadership development among undergraduate students through curricular and co-curricular programming.

At Georgia Tech, she designed and taught the capstone course for the Minor, “Leadership for Positive Change,” with an experiential and service oriented pedagogical focus. As part of this course, students partnered with various organizations in the city of Atlanta to address a challenge and collaboratively devise a context specific solution. Through pedagogical opportunities in the classroom, ethical engagement with communities, and mindful reflection, students developed their personal leadership models to guide their journeys.

Lalita also has extensive experience in project management and sponsored research development (pre-award) at several academic institutions including Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Lalita conducted graduate work in Social Policy and Business at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India, the Mandel School of Social Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lalita enjoys teaching and mentoring students. She is passionate about advancing social justice and in facilitating and supporting programs that build economic, political and social capital in underserved communities. She has extensive experience working with community-based organizations, both directly and through student placement and programming. Lalita also likes to be actively engaged in the communities that she is a part of and strongly believes in giving back and helping shape the communities and the world we are a part of. When not at work, she loves to hike, walk her goldendoodle, play tennis, attempt to solve NYT crossword puzzles, or curl up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea.