After weeks of participating in online dialogue sessions, many students from the US and Egypt had the opportunity to meet their Soliya friends in person for the first time! Last month, fifteen students from the University of North Florida, a Soliya partner university, traveled to Egypt for a two-week study trip. On their first day in Cairo, the students spent the day exploring the American University in Cairo (another Soliya partner university) with their Egyptian friends from the Connect Program.
Soliya successfully concluded the spring 2009 Connect Program with more than 300 students participating from 16 countries around the world. Over the course of the semester, students engaged in weekly intensive discussions with their group members, created their own video news reports about the recent conflict in Gaza, and exchanged enlightening videos and blog posts with their peers from other cultures. Students from new partner universities in the Palestinian Territories, Italy, and Indonesia had the opportunity to participate in the Connect Program for the first time this spring!
Thanks to the generous support of the Qatar Foundation, Soliya recently held three successful Facilitation Training Seminars at Qatar University. Over a hundred students completed the seminars and received Soliya certificates.
Soliya congratulates our Board Member, Dalia Mogahed, on her recent appointment to US President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council includes a select group of prominent religious and secular leaders and scholars from a wide range of backgrounds. Dalia is the Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies in Washington, DC.