MEET SUJATA GADKAR-WILCOX
As a Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at Quinnipiac University, Sujata has spent her career working to empower local communities. She left a lucrative law career to serve families and students and is running for office because she is concerned about the current political ethic. Sujata is running on both the Democratic and Working Families Party tickets.
In addition to her work at Quinnipiac, Sujata serves as a faculty fellow with the Albert Schweitzer Institute, the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights and is a New Leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In 2015, Sujata was honored with a Fulbright Award for her constitutional studies.
Sujata is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University, specializing in constitutional, comparative and human rights law. Sujata’s influence reaches beyond the classroom as Director of the Global Engagement Fellows Program and the University's Mock Trial Program. She works with students to implement principles of Community Action Planning and has organized seminars on human rights, development and community engagement. In 2017, Sujata received the James Marshall Award for Service to the Quinnipiac community.
Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to meet some of Sujata’s devoted volunteers – some of which are her former students. There’s a reason for that. Sujata’s knowledge, capabilities and compassion extend outside of her classroom and into the community – helping everyone make sure their voices are heard. She is a trusted leader who makes decisions based on facts rather than partisan ideologies. As a mentor, Sujata works to instill these values in her students.
Sujata and husband, Wynn, have called Trumbull home for 13 years. Wynn is a Professor at Western Connecticut State University and sings with the Mad Hatter Chorus. They are raising two beautiful daughters, the oldest of whom just excitedly started kindergarten in the Trumbull Public Schools. Sujata is also very fortunate to have her mom on-hand to help them manage the complexities of working full-time with children. Their dog, Attikus, is also an important part of the family.
Sujata’s father emigrated to the United States in 1967 to pursue a career in engineering. Her mother joined him in New York soon after.
On the 3rd of July they made an inspiring trip to the Statue of Liberty, after which, Sujata's mom went into labor.
A quintessential American story:
a daughter of immigrants,
born on the 4th of July!