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Shige Sakurai Adjunct Instructor School of Education

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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

Mx. Shige Sakurai (they/them) is a higher education leader and social justice champion. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member for 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. 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). Sakurai is the founder of International Pronouns Day, the author of, and the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award.
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