Current City/State: 
Rochester, NY

Phillippa Thiuri, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HUGSE) and Boston College.  Phillippa has over 20 years of higher education teaching experience and has had the opportunity to serve the students of Simons College, Harvard University, Wellesley College and Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research interests include change management and innovation, leading teams and managing human capital. 

Phillippa Thiuri was born and raised in Kenya, and spent her formative years travelling and living all over Africa and Canada.  This early foundation is the prism Phillippa has used to understand our world ultimately affirming all people. Phillippa’s commitment and appreciation of cross-cultural awareness continues as she maintains language fluency in Swahili, conversational French and Arabic additionally conducting workshops in the areas of multicultural competence.

Currently, Phillippa is teaching Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business in the Service Leadership and Innovation program.  She regularly teaches RIT students in Dubai and Croatia and has expanded her knowledge and expertise in managing and leveraging cultural diversity in teams.  Additionally, this experience has had considerable impact on her teaching techniques by increasing appeal to students from many backgrounds, creation of appropriate content learning objectives, and providing students opportunities for critical thinking around multicultural appreciation therefore assisting students’ discovery of themselves and others.

Phillippa remains dedicated to learning more about diversity everyday through the students she works with as it is critical for caring and ethical teachers to instill the value of appreciating and respecting diversity in all of our students, for their success, and for a better world.

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Phillippa Thiuri, Ph.D.

Saunders College of Business