In this video Western Kentucky University students, John-Mark Francis and Hanna Garland talk about their experience in the Connect Program and the transformative impact it has had on the way they see the world.
Professor Osama Madany from Menoufeya University – a public university in the Nile River Delta region of Egypt – talks about his students’ commitment to the Connect Program at the height of the Egyptian Revolution in this video and the transformative impact of the program on his students in this video. Many of the most influential Egyptian political figures including Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak are from Menoufeya, along with the accused mastermind of the September 11th attack
The Soliya Fellowship trained exceptional emerging civil society leaders from predominantly Muslim societies and the West—including many Connect Program alumni and facilitators—who are committed to leading inclusive, authentic, and respectful cross-cultural dialogue. Through the Fellowship, participants learned to use new media and communications technologies to better engage their communities in constructive dialogue around divisive issues, disseminate results of those dialogues to the broader society, and network with other fellows from all over the world.
In a Huffington Post article, Why We Need a Million More Chris Stevens and How We Can Get Them, Soliya’s Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Lucas Welch, speaks about the tragic death of Ambassador Chris Stevens. Lucas discusses the need for the kind of respectful cross-cultural communication Ambassador Stevens exemplified, and how virtual exchange programs can empower individuals all over the world to realize the kind of world Ambassador Stevens worked to build.