Mana Short is a sophomore in the Department of Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She is enrolled in Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures, an interdisciplinary program that aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to promote sustainable development.
Mana is Japanese-American, and she grew up in the United States and Japan. She loves to travel, learn about different cultures, and explore the outdoors. Mana is passionate about sustainability and social justice issues, with a particular interest in how environmental problems like climate change intersect with existing socio-economic inequalities to create heightened forms of oppression. Inspired by Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists advocating for climate justice, Mana started an environmental group called Kankyou Club in her senior year of high school. Kankyou Club aims to raise awareness about environmental issues among youth in Japan through education and experiential learning. Mana has co-organized compost workshops and educational events on topics related to sustainability in an effort to build a community that loves and protects both people and the planet. Through the UIF program, Mana hopes to work further towards the goal of creating sustainable futures with and for others.