Anya Cordell

Author: RACE: An OPEN & SHUT Case, Recipient: Spirit of Anne Frank Award, speaker against 'appearance-ism' and all bias

Anya Cordell is a speaker, writer, and activist, and recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, for her passionate work against the designating of any group as “Other”. She focuses on the universal experience of the injustice of “appearance-ism” (appearance-based judging of ourselves and others), as a core issue to inspire everyone to combat all types of bias. Her programs on bridging divides of religion and ethnicity and crossing into one another’s lives, also address teasing, bullying, stereotyping, racism, homophobia, and discounting associated with age or health-related challenges. She founded The Campaign for Collateral Compassion, to raise awareness of the post 9/11 backlash against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and others and the murders of innocent members of these groups. She is the author of RACE: An OPEN & SHUT Case, which unravels traditional presumptions of what we call “race”, named among the “books to change your life” by N’Digo Magazine. Her work has been featured in many media, including the Huffington Post, Washington Post, (“Sikhs Bearing Pizza” and "Grieving in sea of Sikhs", following the Oak Creek massacre), USA Today, ABC-tv’s “Someone You Should Know”, Chicago Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Jewish News, and many more.