Soliya is a global non-profit headquartered in New York, that combines best practices for constructive
dialogue with innovative use of new media technologies to shift the way societies resolve their
differences from a confrontational & coercive approach to one defined by cooperation & compassion.
Soliya aims to develop a diverse and global community of young adults who individually and collectively
use new media and communication technologies to promote understanding and empathy within and
between their societies. Our mission is global, but our current focus is on strengthening relationships
and fostering cooperation between youth from Western and predominantly Muslim societies.
Soliya's Connect Program is a unique cross-cultural virtual exchange program that directly connects
university students in North America, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia using a web-based
videoconferencing application. Guided by Soliya-trained volunteer facilitators, participating students
collaboratively explore issues that currently divide Western and predominantly Muslim societies by
engaging in intensive, structured dialogue, and creating videos and other projects addressing relevant
themes. Volunteers and alumni from the Connect Program also form the foundation for the Soliya
Community, a vibrant and global network designed to inspire and empower a community of young
people to promote cross-cultural understanding in their societies.
In the last fifteen years, Soliya’s Connect Program has gone from being the idea of two young social
entrepreneurs with backgrounds in new media and conflict resolution to an established program
implemented at over 180 universities in 30 countries, connecting thousands of students worldwide.