Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2016
Originally from Aichi Prefecture, Meina is doing a double major in Immigration Studies History and British Literature at Sophia University.
Meina spent part of her childhood in the U.S. While participating in volunteer activities during her time abroad, she learned that just like a book can’t be judged by its cover, people can’t be judged by their appearances alone. She also realized that our past experiences are the important elements that bind us together. Currently, she is studying the history of people of Japanese heritage in the U.S. and women’s role and marriage as an institution in the late 19th century which helped her learn that everything is socially constructed. Simultaneously, along with her double major, she is also helping run the nonprofit CVS Leadership Program in the U.S. dedicated to cultivating global leaders.
Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Meina hopes to reevaluate her own character and better understand herself on a fundamental level. She also hopes this experience will allow her to get a better perspective of what she wants to do in the future and how she can contribute to the society. In the future, she hopes to develop leadership skills that will draw in others around her as they advance towards achieving their goals. Furthermore, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of social problems, and find a way to use what she has learned to bring more attention to people and subjects not adequately covered by the media.