Mari Sawa, Japan

Mari Sawa

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017

Mari’s Story

Originally from Tokyo, Mari is majoring in Sociology at Keio University.

Mari believes in the power of education and its ability to break through barriers. Growing up in a modest family, Mari saw the importance of having higher education in order to create more opportunities for herself. While Japan is a very developed country, there is still disparity that exists within the society. Mari’s vision is to work towards eliminating the poverty that lower class people experience by not only providing access to education but also by having more accessible public services. She hopes to earn a Master’s in Educational administration and learn how to lessen the widening gap in education. After her degree, she hopes to work in the Education Sector and bring about change by ensuring people’s voices are being heard.

Mari currently works with volunteers who provide educational support and wishes to continue this in the future. Her hope is to one day start her own initiative because she sees the need for students to have more access to different volunteering opportunities.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Mari hopes to meet people who are innovative in addressing social problems and learn from them.