Soliya President Lucas Welch was chosen by the UN Alliance of Civilizations to be one of the "Global Experts" that is part of their Rapid Media Response mechanism for offering constructive voices to the mainstream discussion when crises emerge between the West and the Muslim World.
Soliya’s Connect Program was the lead feature on CNN International’s “Inside the Middle East” for the December Edition. The six-minute segment explores students’ experiences at Georgetown University and the American University of Beirut as they engage in facilitated dialogue and collaborative media production online.
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Soliya has concluded its fall 2007 Connect Program with over two hundred and forty students from nineteen universities in the Middle East, North Africa, the US, and Europe.; The program was led by Soliya Executive Director and co-founder, Liza Chambers and our extraordinary team of dedicated and talented Soliya staffers including Salma El Beblawi, Katja Riikonen, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Merva Faddoul, Rahima Bensaid, Reem Marto, & Nahid Ahmed. Fifty-five highly trained and skilled volunteer facilitators from twenty-one different countries led the online dialogue. As part of the progr
Soliya President Lucas Welch has been invited to be a speaker at the “Intercultural and Interreligious Youth Exchanges” session at The UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum. The Forum is being hosted by the Government of Spain in Madrid on January 15th and 16th 2008. It will bring together political leaders, representatives from governments and international organizations, and members of civil society and the business world to explore the most effective means of dealing with the growing polarization between nations and cultures.