Mirusha is a Tamil kid in Toronto. She is pursuing a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Prior to this, she double-majored in Ethnic Studies, Political Science, and Liberal Arts Honours at the University of Texas at Austin. She chose these academic pursuits in order to have a tangible and productive means of addressing systemic inequities. Through this work, she refined her approach to policy by prioritizing iteration and the end-users of policy. She uses storytelling and design to create narratives that galvanize change. She is currently a Policy Analyst Intern at the Ontario Digital Service.
She is a freelance writer, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of SPICYWTR Mag. She has written on inequities reproduced through algorithms, the impacts of gentrification in East Austin and Vancouver, as well as xenophobic immigration policies. She writes prose--a way to heal and to narrate. She is a co-founder of LOVALOT, a roundtable that prioritizes Tamil issues, and an organizer at Sri Lanka Series. She also co-founded the social media movement Unfair and Lovely, which has been featured in publications like CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, and sociology textbooks. She thrives at using platforms to tell stories, whether it be in the realm of policy, social media, writing, etc.
She enjoys cheese plates, her friends, and Bananagrams.