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June 11, 2012 | News

Over the past nine years, Soliya’s flagship Connect Program has brought thousands of young people across the world together as a global community of peers. By reaching across national, religious and ideological boundaries in open dialogue, participants have had the opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences, articulate and question their own beliefs, and form deep friendships. Kaitlin from Saint Louis Community College shared this reflection:


April 03, 2012 | News

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.

April 02, 2012 | News

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

March 10, 2012 | News

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.