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About The Gibran Chair

The Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland is an endowed academic program that strengthens understanding between Eastern and Western cultures in general, and the Arab ethos and American values in particular.

The famous Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran dedicated his life and works to demonstrating the importance of universal values, the interconnectedness of religions, common ground among cultures, the importance of dialogue, and the goodness of humanity as a whole. He believed the more we explore our interconnectedness as humans, the more we understand and respect the universal values that underpin different cultures. Gibran wrote about and advocated for social justice, freedoms, equality, unity and peace.

Among the activities of the Gibran Chair is the project: “Women as Partners in Progress” (WPP). A component of WPP is to create a HUB about Arab Women. This HUB aims at supporting the empowerment process of Arab women.

Many of the Gibran Chair staff members contributed to the HUB.
Below is a description of the role of each of the contributors.

 

May Rihani

May Rihani:
Director of the Gibran Chair for Values and Peace;

  • Designer and Director of the Women as Partners in Progress project (WPP);
  • Designer and Director of the HUB as a Knowledge Center about Arab Women;
  • Finalized the present Directories of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Designed the Knowledge Seminars, supervised the work of the staff on these Knowledge Seminars, and delivered them in Morocco, Jordan, and Kuwait;
  • Designed the Matrix of the Progress Report on the intersection of gender and other sectors, and supervised the work of the staff on the Progress Report.

Patricia Flederman

Patricia Flederman:
WPP Deputy Director (until November 2, 2018);

  • Contributed to finding the subcontract for building the HUB

Aina Krupinski-Puig

Aina Krupinski-Puig:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Coordinator with idfive, the Gibran Chair subcontract, for building the HUB;
  • Coordinator of finalizing the Directories of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Contributed to the three Directories, three Knowledge Seminar materials, and all Bibliographies;
  • Researched and updated the Matrix of the Progress Report on the intersection of gender and other sectors.

Yasasvhinie Santharam

Yasasvhinie Santharam:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Contributed to the Directories​ of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Tracked responses of candidates of the hub and tallied statistical results;
  • Contributed to the Bibliographies;
  • Researched and updated the Matrix of the Progress Report on the intersection of gender and other sectors.

Mona Rezvani

Mona Rezvani:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Contributed to the Directories​ of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations
  • Contributed to the three Knowledge Seminar materials;
  • Contributed to the Bibliographies.

Janelle Thompson

Janelle Thompson:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Contributed to the Directories​ of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Contributed to the Knowledge Seminars materials;
  • Researched the draft of the Matrix of the Progress Report ​on the intersection of gender and other sectors.

Madison Meyer

Madison Meyer:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Contributed to the Directories ​of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Contributed to the Bibliographies.

Olivia Delaplaine

Olivia Delaplaine:
Gibran Chair Staff;

  • Contributed to the Directories of Women Pioneers, Women Leaders, and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Contributed to the Bibliographies.
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