Soliya Connect Program is a
cross-cultural education program that directly connects university
students in the
Ten students from Dr. Çelik’s course participated in the Connect Program in the Fall 2007. They were- to a person- thoughtful and articulate. They consistently took leadership in their online discussion groups, pushing the conversation to a deeper level. Turkey’s unique position at the cross-roads of “West” and “East” allowed the students to be particularly effective in helping translate comments made by Easterners to those in the West, and vice versa.
While participating in the Connect Program students had the opportunity to write a proposal for a collaborative action project which aims to improve the relationship between the “West” and the “Arab & Muslim World”. Soliya selected a number of these projects to present to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) Youth Solidarity Fund. Projects selected by the Youth Solidarity Fund have the potential to receive grants of up to $20,000 in support of their project. A project co-authored by a Sabanci student has been selected as one of the projects that Soliya will present to the AoC. It’s a very competitive process, and there are no guarantees that the project will be selected by the UN, but even being selected by Soliya is a tribute to the quality of the idea and our belief in the students’ ability to implement an impactful program.