Asha Shipman

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Director of Hindu Life


Dr. Asha Shipman earned her advanced degrees in Ecology and Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. She is an experienced educator, having taught for almost 20 years at the high school, college, and university levels. Asha joined the Yale University Chaplain’s Office in 2013 and in 2016 she became the second (and only female) Hindu chaplain with a full-time university appointment in the US. In this role, she collaborates with campus organizations on programs that highlight Hinduism and Indian culture and serves as the adviser for the Hindu Students Organization. Asha offers pastoral counseling, often while taking long walks around campus. She regularly speaks and writes on Hinduism and chaplaincy. Asha is a contributor to the first book on Hindu chaplaincy in the US entitled “Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care” and author of an upcoming article on Hindu Chaplaincy in the US published by the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. Asha serves as the Chair of the newly formed North American Hindu Chaplains Association and is currently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society. Asha enjoys bringing thought-provoking, colorful, kinetic, and soul-nourishing events to the Yale community; her two young sons enjoy visiting the Chaplain’s Office for ice cream and Swedish Fish.