Centering Humanness: An AAPI Healing Space
Time & Location
About the Event
Created by AAPI-identifying individuals within the INW community, we bring you a space of being human, healing, and fellowship within the AAPI community. This is by no means a one-time event, as we will continue to curate spaces by and for the AAPI community. We seek to see, hold, hear, and validate AAPI individuals and to identify what would be most helpful in this moment of national reckoning with violence against AAPI folx. The event will include grounding, reflecting, and sharing of lived experiences.
This space will be facilitated by:
Sage Drennon (they/he/she)
Using authenticity as a driving force for experiencing life, Sage (they/he/she) has spent most of their life feeling curious about the world around them. Their curiosity has long been a part of their core approach to navigating IDEAS spaces. Born and raised in Japan until he was 11 then moving to America - Sage has spent a majority of her life actively questioning the systems, structures and institutions around them. Their passion for knowledge and learning lead them to study Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies at the University of North Florida. After recognizing the deep inequities that perpetuate within education systems, Sage started on their path into the nonprofit industry - working to better align student centered needs with institutions. Sage has held multiple roles in which genesis of the role or programming for the organization was required. Sage started her journey with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition providing case management services to Fathers. Then moving onto Seneca Family of Agencies being tasked with ever evolving and changing responsibilities focused on developing people, managing projects and direct services to students. In 2017, Sage began their Master’s course work at Seattle University where they also became the Executive Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. While in this role, Sage provided executive level support to the VP of Diversity & Inclusion along with department-wide oversight of programming, budget management, relationship management and strategy development and implementation. In addition to their course work and full time job, Sage was the Co-Chair of the Arts & Sciences Graduate Council, a Red Talk Student Speaker and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. After graduating in 2019 with their Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership with a focus in Diversity and Inclusion, they went on to work for College Forward as the DEI Manager. Sage's work was focused around organization-wide diversity initiatives along with creating, implementing and evaluating DEI strategy for the organization. They focused on integrating DEI components into all aspects of the organization, ensuring that a DEI lens was used when making decisions, building curriculum and embedded into the ethos of College Forward. Sage also holds a DEI Leaders Certification from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Sage can be found playing with his yorkie-poodle Piper, reading, writing poetry, playing guitar or cooking Japanese food.
Adrika Lazarus (she/her)
Adrika has 5 years of part-time and full-time experience in DEI, training and facilitation with a specialty in conflict
mediation and resolution, and social innovation. As a first-generation Bangladeshi-American, former "Third
Culture Kid" and bisexual woman of color from an interracial, interfaith and multicultural background, her
identity is a key part of her passion for this work and motivates her to be a change-maker. She is an emerging
leader in the talent management + DEI space with expertise in higher education, non-profit organizations,
public service, and the private sector. Adrika is especially committed to the intersection of social entrepreneurship
and social progress. She holds a master's degree in Social Enterprise with a focus on DEI Training & Program Design
from American University and a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Organizational Development from UNC Wilmington.
Emily Nordquist (she/her)