News

June 01, 2020

What did we learn from the pandemic? Is there a silver lining? Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale was interviewed by Daniel Cervan-Gil, Manager of Programs at the Global Centre for Pluralism, about the impact of covid-19 on human connection, virtual exchange, the digital divide, and empathy. Waidehi remarks: "Even if the leaders around the world were being dissonant, the medical community lent each other support, engaging with each other collaboratively, and that’s where the vaccine is going to come from.

May 14, 2020

Amany Ben Lakhdar, Soliya's Senior Coordinator of Partnerships & Outreach, presented with other youth representatives at a webinar titled the Euro-Mediterranean Youth voluntary response to the COVID-19 crisis," presented by the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM), an organization that works to enhance Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Amany discussed virtual exchange and Soliya's Connect Program and Facilitation Training Program in relation to the pandemic.

April 12, 2020

Soliya has partnered with the Stevens Initiative for Virtual Exchange and New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD) to launch a virtual exchange program connecting students from the UAE and NYC campuses! Our Chief Program Officer Salma Elbeblawi reflects: "We are looking forward to bringing young leaders from the two countries together to discuss current events and tackle global challenges through inter-faith and intercultural lenses.

March 02, 2020

Nahid Ahmed, Director of the Connect Program, was interviewed by Dr. Sahar Khamis, who has been implementing our curriculum for 15 years and is currently a professor of Communications and Media at the University of Maryland. Explaining the motivations and reasoning behind our model of virtual exchange, Nahid states: “Prejudices and biases are not developed at an older age - these are learned behaviors. So we want to engage young people, at a point when they are trying to find their space in the world and understand it, in working with people who are very different from them.