Danika Swanson

Facilitation Expert; Facilitation Fellow, Spring 2018

Country of origin: USA

Date started with Soliya: 2012

Education and field of work: I work in conflict resolution and international peacebuilding. My masters work at Harvard Divinity School focused on religion and international relations, South Asia, and the role of religion, identity, and culture in conflict and conflict resolution. After my Masters, in addition to spending time in India, I focused on developing my peacebuilding toolkit: training in mediation, nonviolent communication, dialogue facilitation, and interfaith and intercultural dialogue. 

One accomplishment you're proud of: My service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname, South America. It was my first time outside of the United States, and I stayed there for the duration of my two-year service. This experience was the beginning of my own cross-cultural journey; it was the first time I really stepped outside of my comfort zone, immersed myself in another culture (and language), and began to think about and examine my own culture, values, and beliefs. My time in Suriname also ignited my love of travel and of learning about other languages, cultures, religions, and the world around me.

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? I value that my involvement with Soliya pushes me to continually reassess my own assumptions and biases. Everytime I work/facilitate/coach with Soliya, I am re-energized about this work and reassured about the world and future.

Favorite food: South Indian, especially dosa.