Maaya Kuri Hitomi

Maaya Kuri Hitomi is an intelligent and passionate, yet cynical, member of the 2014-2015 Next Up cohort. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, she earned two undergraduate degrees, in Developmental Psychology and Women’s Studies, from the University of Windsor before moving to Saskatoon to conquer graduate school and earn a Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Living by John Green’s quote “Truth defies simplicity,” and considering herself a Sexuality Educator, Maaya takes an intense interest in the complexity of the human experiences around sexuality. Particularly, she is passionate about issues ranging from sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to BDSM, kink, and consensual non-monogamy, and beyond.

Overall, Maaya brings immense clarity and dynamism to the Next Up team and hopes that Next Up will provide her with the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill her goals of becoming the Executive Director of a sexuality-focused, community-based non-profit organization.