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Soliya aims to improve intercultural understanding in the world, particularly between young adults in the US and the Arab & Muslim World.
Soliya is the developer of the Connect Program - a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the United States and predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the US and the Arab & Muslim World with the aim of improving intercultural awareness and understanding. Participating students from across the globe literally see and hear one another in a rich and intimate online environment utilizing the latest in videoconferencing and online collaboration technology. Recognizing the profound role of media in shaping young adultsÃ¢Â Â perceptions of other cultures, Soliya trains participating students to create and exchange video segments illustrating their perspectives on current world events. The Connect Program: Ã¢Â Â¢ Engages students in global affairs; Ã¢Â Â¢ Expands studentsÃ¢Â Â understanding of and ability to think critically about the relationship between the US and the Arab-Muslim World; Ã¢Â Â¢ Sensitizes students to the power of media in shaping opinions and perspectives and provides them with the analytical skills they need to assess the media more critically; Ã¢Â Â¢ Develops multi-media communication skills; Ã¢Â Â¢ Humanizes the "other" through intimate communication and collaboration and catalyzes genuine relationships across borders; Ã¢Â Â¢ Empowers students to work for change on a global level, and provides them with the skills they need to make a positive impact.
- Lucas Welch
- (617) 3951345
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