The Other is Human Too: Building Bridges Across Intercultural and Interpersonal Differences
Soha Saghir ’21, Noha El Toukhy ’22, and Tanisha Bansal ’21 will facilitate this workshop in preparation for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates taking place in Mérida, Mexico. Participants will provide feedback to the facilitators as they refine the workshop for presentation at the Summit.
This 90-minute workshop will encourage deep sharing and listening that will leave each person with the lesson that people are so much more than what you see about them on the surface.The visibly different person sitting next to you is so much more than what you imagine and see when you first come across them. These perceived differences can be based on race, religion, gender, or any other assumed manifestation of identity. There is so much to each person’s narrative beyond what the human eye sees, and to humanize beyond these physical images is a process that we must bring into our daily lives. It is our hope that this workshop will inspire powerful dialogue that will encourage insights and behavioral changes for participants.
Participants will learn how to use storytelling and connected learning to build friendships and relationships across differences, and how they may already be using these methods already in their daily lives. We will cover how to learn about backgrounds, challenges, struggles and different perspectives by emphasizing the simplicity and ease of performance of this structure of storytelling. Participants will be encouraged to continue to use this technique in friend circles, among dissenting groups both in college and in larger communities, and in other spheres of existence so that the perceived ‘other’ can be valued as a fellow human too.