Author, Political Scientist
Sayu has a PhD in Politics and Education, an M.Ed. in Comparative Education, and an M.A. in English Education, all from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Miami and is the recipient of numerous awards including the New York Immigration Coalition Community Champion Award, the Case Foundation Fearless Changemaker Award and the Girl Be Heard Fairy Godmother Award. She serves on the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the board of Haven.
Sayu came to the United States as an international student and became a naturalized citizen after a long and bureaucratic journey through the immigration system. A proud New Yorker, she also served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs from 2002 to 2004.
TOPICS: Politics, Immigration, Race