Mansi Bajaj (she/ her) joins Yale as a Lector of Hindi. She will be working on strengthening the Hindi program at the MacMillan Center with a special focus on theme-based language learning. As a language educator, there are three main values that she seeks to exemplify: addressing socio-cultural issues for a broader understanding, utilizing diverse language inputs, and creating an interactive and safe classroom space. In pursuant to the fact that language is ever evolving, she has adopted certain inclusive tweaks to the teaching methodology. She arrives from the University of Texas, Austin (UT) where she was teaching Hindi as an Assistant Professor of Instruction. She was on the panel of “Tackling Online Instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages in a new Academic Year” at the Department of Asian Studies, UT. She is an active participant of workshops on “Diversity and Inclusivity in Language Classrooms”. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Delhi. In the field of foreign language pedagogy, her research interests are focused on communal conflicts, gender and sexuality, caste, religion and politics in South Asia. In addition, she has enhanced K12 programs in Texas by creating Open Educational Resources and Credentialing Exams for Hindi. Her current research projects include developing curriculum and study material to suit the needs of heritage learners, using technology innovatively to encourage creative language use, using assessment as a learning tool and literary realism in language class for social sensitization.