"Through Soliya's Connect Global: US-MENA, Hanan Mahmoud, a student at University of Benghazi in Libya and Evanthia Karageorge, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, learned that they share a struggle for women’s equality. Hanan and Evanthia developed a bond that would not have been possible without virtual exchange." Read the full story, on the Stevens Initiative's website, here.
Virtual Exchange Alumna: "I don’t want to speak on behalf of the community, I want to uplift them. That is what it takes to be part of a diverse community."
Over the past two decades, nearly 25,000 young people from around the world have taken part in Soliya's dialogue programs, representing a diversity of thoughts and experiences that have informed our values and elevated our virtual exchanges. Today, we are proud to share the first in a series of interviews with past participants who have become agents of positive change within their own communities. We're excited to explore their journeys, amplify their stories, and celebrate their impact.
"What each fall program will look like is still in the works, Schlarb says, but one program that is planned will happen in partnership with the non-profit Soliya." Amidst the uncertainty of whether study abroad programs will resume in the upcoming academic year, Mary Schlarb, director of the international programs office at SUNY Cortland, explains how the Connect Program may serve as virtual study abroad. The article, which can be read here, details how college administrations and students are navigating study abroad
In an interview with British Columbia Senator Mobina Jaffer for her "Every Voice Counts" podcast, Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale highlighted the vision behind the Exchange Portal, our custom-built video-conferencing platform for virtual exchange. The Exchange Portal was designed in the era before the rise of social media and video conferencing, guided by the understanding that connecting young adults in meaningful engagement can truly improve how they deal with each other's differences. Listen to the podcast here.