Madeline Leibin

Facilitation Fellow, Fall 2019

Country of origin: USA

Date started with Soliya: 2017

Education and field of work: My BA was in Religious Studies, International Studies, & Philosophy. These three disciplines, for me, coalesced around questions of identity, diversity, and rights. These interests propelled me to Israel-Palestine, where I've just completed my MA in Conflict Resolution & Mediation. I focus on routes to remedy after identity-based discrimination. To this end, I’ve engaged with restorative processes within cross-cultural dialogue and intersectional activism, as well as with leveraging legal and political reparations. 

One accomplishment you're proud of: I delivered an address at my undergraduate graduation, to thousands of listeners — I spoke about being confident in and sharing your individual texture, the embodied fabric which testifies to your inner personal fiber. 

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? When participants lean into their frames, to further engage with cultural ‘Others.' When I lean back, as they critically question each other and themselves without prompt.

What can you be found doing when not working/facilitating/training? Eating hummus, most likely. Or running, playing soccer, or doing yoga.

Favorite food: I adore smoothies and grilled vegetables. My most favorite treat is orange ice cream from an orchard near my grandparents’ home.