Diya Basu-Sen

Executive Director

Diya brings with her over 10 years of management experience, both in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Before joining Sapna, she worked in the education sector, focusing on staff management & development, training, and program & curriculum development. Prior to that, she also worked with HIV/AIDS awareness in Harlem and managed a Soup Kitchen in Morningside Heights. Diya received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Premedical Sciences from Barnard College of Columbia University. She also earned a M.S. in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.S. Chan School of Public Health. She is passionate about the intersection of empowerment and health and believes strongly in the need for accessible, quality programming in both areas in order to foster successful communities.

Naurin Islam

Deputy Director

Immigrated from Bangladesh at four years old, Naurin Islam grew up to complete her Bachelors in Political Science from Stony Brook University, and her Master’s in Global Affairs from NYU with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights. Naurin gained multiple experiences from various organizations and figures, such as the United Nations, International Center for Transitional Justice, U.S. Senator Gillibrand, and both Queens and Nassau DA. However, just before joining SAPNA NYC, Naurin was a graphics/Twitter consultant for Bengalis of New York and was a Refugee Documentary Researcher for a small production company. She aims to use these experiences and her passion to work for immigrant communities and the South Asian diaspora.

Nafisa Subhan

Program Associate

Nafisa graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a major in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. Before joining SAPNA NYC, she was an investigative intern at a non-profit housing organization, Housing Rights Initiative. There she focused on gathering evidence on income-based discriminatory practices. She also worked as a peer educator at her college’s wellness center assisting students in regards to their financial, mental, and physical health concerns. She is passionate about minority rights and strives to work towards creating more safe spaces for such issues. Housing rights are particularly important to her as she struggled with sustaining shelter growing up and wants to ensure that others can navigate through such crises.

Nahida Ferdoush

Community Health Worker

Nahida facilitates health trainings for community members, including Lead Awareness and Saathi (Diabetes Prevention), and does home health visits for our CHALO! Project on early childhood health. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2010 and has been living in NYC since. She is passionate about working within her own community to help other immigrants through health programming. She completed a Dietetic Technician Program at LaGuardia Community College and hopes to continue with a degree in Nutrition in the future.

Priyanka Bhowmik

Community Health Worker

Priyanka Bhowmik believes that social change is possible by helping others to overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. She is passionate about helping others. Through Sapna, she is determined to help South Asian immigrant communities to overcome their daily challenges. As a journalist and a writer, she has been reporting many local issues to the local and international media. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2012 and has been living in NYC since. She is continuously seeking to gain more skills to hone her competencies. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s in childhood education at the City College of New York.

Salma Rashid

Community Health Worker

Salma facilitates healthy lifestyle training for community members including diabetes prevention and also works on the CHALO! project on early childhood health. She is a Dietetic Technician graduate from LaGuardia Community College, where she worked at several facilities providing nutrition education, conducting outreach and healthy cooking demonstration as well as assisting in patient care. Before joining Sapna, Salma was a peer advisor at LaGuardia Community College in the Health Science Department, where she advised and mentored students, helping them with academic plans to ensure their successful futures. She immigrated to the US from Bangladesh in 2011 and is passionate about giving back to the South Asian immigrant communities in New York City through health education.

Arpita Chatterjee

Mental Health Counselor

Arpita brings over 15 years of experience in diverse community based settings in India and the U.S. With a background in clinical psychology and social work, her work has focused on mental health among adults and families and in recent years,  on the South Asian immigrant community and the health disparities they experience . Arpita received a B.A. (Honors) degree and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi (India) & an M.S.W. (Direct Practice) from the School of Social Work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her passion is driven by the direct nature of services and impact seen in community based organizations and the pivotal role they play in bridging mental health gaps for underserved communities. Arpita is fluent in Bangla and Hindi.