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Hannah Joy Sachs


Hannah Joy Sachs was adopted from China and raised by a Jewish family in a predominantly white suburb of New York City. Her upbringing inspired her to research racial and cultural identity development within the Asian American adoptee community, first studying sociology at Davidson College and then completing a master’s in migration studies from University of Oxford. Currently, Hannah is an experiential educator passionate about building connections and promoting social justice through responsible travel. She spends the majority of her time facilitating immersive programs for high school, college, and GAP year students. Recent courses she’s led include studying visions of democracy in Myanmar; learning about conservation efforts in Indonesia; tracing rural to urban migration patterns in Thailand and China; and exploring racial dynamics post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, USA. Outside the program leading world, Hannah served as a social justice fellow at Stony Brook University’s Interfaith Center. Whenever in New York, she loves volunteering with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center, horseback riding, and cheering for the New York Yankees.


Updated April 2020