Shaya Gregory Poku, M.A., serves as the Program Director for Northeastern’s Center for Social Justice. Social innovation and conflict transformation are at the core of her work. She focuses on training others in critical thinking, global awareness, and self-knowledge. Shaya pioneers and creates imaginative and collaborative platforms for human-centered engagement leading to constructive initiatives that advance social change. Prior to joining the team at Northeastern she worked extensively on peacebuilding efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Our goal is to help students build their social consciousness and to expand their ability to engage with contemporary issues.

— Shaya Gregory Poku

Learning Opportunities

As part of her role as an educator, Shaya has worked with other colleagues and departments to create numerous learning opportunities for Northeastern students, a sample of which appears below.

Banner Workshop: Is Beyonce A Feminist?

Workshop: Is Beyonce A Feminist?

Discuss what a feminist is, how is Beyonce carrying the banner, how is it complicated by the identity and politics associated with Beyonce?

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Banner Dismantle: Deconstructing Power & Privilege Retreat

Dismantle: Deconstructing Power & Privilege Retreat

Over three days, explore social identities and social location to see how they intersect.

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Banner Peace and Social Justice Week: Participant

Peace and Social Justice Week: Participant

A series of workshops and programs bringing students, staff, faculty, and community members together to introduce topical issues facing the world today.

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Banner Peace and Social Justice Week: Programming Committee

Peace and Social Justice Week: Programming Committee

A leadership opportunity to work with peers and staff to develop a series of workshops and programs bringing students, staff, faculty, and community members together to introduce topical issues facing the world today.

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