We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Last week, over 100 participants including professors, graduate and undergraduate students, conference coordinators, and the president of Creative Learning, Bill Kruvant, attended the Third Annual Conference on the Muslim World in Istanbul Turkey.
The theme was, “Minorities in the Muslim World,” and the conference brought together academics of all backgrounds from different regions around the world to discuss topics concerning the Muslim World. Session topics ranged from Minorities and Human Rights to Nationalism, with many in between. The conference maintained an interactive nature by focusing on graduate and undergraduate students and supported AUA’s mission to promote tolerance and partnerships between the US and the Muslim World. For example, five unofficial ambassadors presented about their experience interning in the Muslim World.
Maggie, Liselot, Deborah, Mariel and Caitie shared their stories in a discussion moderated by Bill Kruvant. In Zanzibar, Liselot and Mariel worked at the Forodhani Secondary school, teaching English and Chemistry, Maggie interned at FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists) to assist with their research and communications, and Deborah volunteered at ZAYADESA (Zanzibar Youth Education Development Support Association) as their social networking and communications intern. Caitie represented the Summer Service Internship program to Morocco by sharing about her experience working at the Azrou Center and a summer camp program offered at Al-Akhawayn University. Each unofficial ambassador eloquently related their experiences to the audience and fielded many questions by engaged listeners.