Centering Humanness: An Asian and Asian American Healing Space
Time & Location
About the Event
Created by Asian/Asian American-identifying individuals by The Cee Suite, LLC and within the Inclusion NextWork community, we bring you a processing space for folks who are DEI and IDEAS professionals. With so much pain and violence impacting our people on a weekly basis + the challenges that come with our work in this field, we often find affinity spaces are lacking for folks who do the work we do and hold the identities we hold. This space is meant to be specifically for the intersection of folks who are Asian/Asian American DEI/IDEAS professionals. If this resonates with you, we welcome you to join! Due to our facilitator capacity, we are capping this event at 35 participants. This is by no means a one-time event, as we will continue to curate spaces by and for the Asian/Asian American community.
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) identifies as a first-generation Bangladeshi-American from a multicultural, interracial and interfaith background, a bisexual woman, Person of Color, South Asian community member, and former “Third Culture Kid” (TCK) who has lived in Kenya, India, Indonesia, and the United States. Adrika’s educational background encompasses private and public institutions. Her bachelor’s degree is in Communication Studies with a focus on organizational development and diversity training from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her master’s degree is in Social Enterprise with a focus on training and program design as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion from American University. Adrika is a culturally competent consultant, practitioner, trainer, and facilitator for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She has worked in higher education with universities such as American University, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Additionally, she has experience working with corporations, businesses and nonprofit organizations to implement DEI in organizations through consulting projects and employee training on a variety of DEI topics specific to the workplace. Adrika is an alumni of the AmeriCorps public service program. She served in Baltimore, Maryland from 2017-18 working with incarcerated individuals and their loved ones as a conflict mediator in the prisons and community of Baltimore.
Christine Wang (she/her) is a coach, consultant, and facilitator.