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Shige Sakurai Adjunct Instructor School of Education

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Degrees
International MBA, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain); MA in International Training and Education, American University (Washington, DC); BA with Sociology major and Computer Science minor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio
Mx. Shige Sakurai (they/them) is a higher education leader and social justice champion. They are the founder of International Pronouns Day and the author of MyPronouns.org, as well as the first person in the U.S. to receive an officially nonbinary, X-marker driver's license. In addition to serving as faculty at American University, they are an independent consultant and currently serve as the Director of Leadership Initiatives and Associate Director of the LGBT Equity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). At UMD, they are also a member of the Graduate Faculty, the faculty of the College of Arts and Humanities, and the faculty of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Sakurai has traveled in over three dozen countries, and has taken university students to Mexico and to Thailand. They have presented on topics of diversity, inclusion, internationalism, facilitation, and leadership for numerous organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, Pan American Development Foundation, American Bar Association, University Studies Abroad Consortium, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together, and at dozens of universities including UCLA, University of Michigan, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Yale, and Georgetown. Sakurai is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) by the University of Miami, through their International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). They are the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award.
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