Shaya Gregory Poku

Vice President for Equity & Social Justice
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
Shaya Gregory Poku

Shaya Gregory Poku believes in facilitative leadership that is impact driven. Her professional experiences span the nonprofit and higher education sectors, domestically and internationally. 

She is a certified mediator through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and she holds interdisciplinary degrees that provide her with a uniquely complex lens on social systems and organizational development. 

She has a master of arts degree in intercultural relations with a concentration in intercultural conflict management from Lesley University, a master of science in security and resilience studies at Northeastern University, and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Agnes Scott College.

Shaya has been quoted in U.S. News and World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed, and wrote the essay “Expanding Your Anti-Racist Managerial Toolkit: How ’Human Check-Ins’ Can Build a Better Workplace,” published on

A proud California native, Shaya is committed to entrenching equity and creating new models to unlock the human capital that is at the core of the higher education endeavor.