Intercultural mindfulness as a core value in inclusive education

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Date(s) - 19/05/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


On the occasion of the UN International Day of Living Together in Peace, AISA NGO International ( ) and SIETAR Switzerland are hosting a joint workshop on ‘Intercultural mindfulness as a core value in inclusive education’.

Following a panel discussion, critical incidents will be discussed in breakout rooms.

  • Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021
  • Time: 6pm to 8pm (CET)
  • Language: English with simultaneous translation in French
  • Cost: We are pleased to invite you to join this workshop at no cost.

Panelists include:

  • Dr Helen Spencer-Oatey, Professor Emeritus at University of Warwick: Helen Spencer-Oatey is Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Communication/Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK, and Director of GlobalPeople Consulting Ltd. As part of her research into intercultural interaction, she has analysed the impact of mindfulness on communication inclusion and sense of belonging, with particular reference to integration in higher education.
  • Alaeddine Touhami, Co-founder public primary education School of Peace: Alaeddine Touhami is Co-President of AISA NGO International. He is as well at the initiative of the School of Peace, a public primary school in the Netherlands.
  • Ann-Seline Fankhauser, Co Project Manager by VSS | UNES | USU: Ann-Seline Fankhauser is a social scientist with a focus on migration and integration. As co-project manager of Perspectives – Studies at the Swiss Student Union, she works to reduce hurdles in university access for refugees. She focuses on the importance of intercultural communication and competencies in the context of mentoring projects at universities.
  • Ji-yu Bak, Young SIETAR Research Coordinator: Ji-yu Bak started her careers as an independent intercultural trainer with her brand ‘Smell the Seoul’. She is a research coordinator at the Young SIETAR. Ji-yu is currently developing mindfulness & intercultural competence programs and learning tools such as games and books to help young adults “make more time for themselves without losing themselves wherever” in higher education.
  • Vera Leal, Senior Program Officer of Ethics Education for Children, Arigatou International:  Vera Leal is currently the Ethics Education Senior Program Officer at Arigatou International Geneva, in charge of coordinating Ethics Education programs that foster intercultural and interfaith learning for inclusive societies. She also coordinates the Child and Youth ​​safeguarding and participation for children in Arigatou International.

This session will be moderated by Sabine Baerlocher, president SIETAR Switzerland, and summarized by Vincent Merk, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Management & Community Advisor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

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Ce webinaire se tiendra en anglais.

Une traduction simultanée en Français sera disponible pour ceux qui le désirent.
Les groupes de travail pourront avoir lieu en anglais ou en français.