"Empathy needs a rebrand. Empathy is not agreeing with someone, it's recognizing that they may have equally valid though different viewpoints." -Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale at the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, where she spoke about the value of exchange programs in education. The summit was organized by the Global Education Conference Network, iEARN-USA, and World Savvy.
Amy Finnegan, long-time Soliya partner and assistant professor and chair of the Justice and Peace Studies Department at the University of St. Thomas, receives the President’s Civic Engagement Stewardship Award. Read here.
Our Partnerships and Outreach Manager Ayca Ariyoruk participated in the Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism Summit organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilization and UN Academic Impact. Click here for the full recorded video of the event; Soliya takes the floor at the 2:54 mark.
The Virtual Exchange Coalition--Soliya, iEARN-USA, Global Nomads Group--organized the first-ever Virtual Exchange Happy Hour. The night was a physical field-building event in Manhattan, NY to increase awareness of virtual exchange while also gathering educators, practitioners, and supporters in one space to connect with each other, transfer knowledge, and initiate thought-partnership.