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Soliya Connect Program

University of Maine at Machias

Promising Approaches

  • (2) Incorporate discussion of current national and international issues and events.
  • (6) Encourage students' participation in forums that model democratic processes.
  • (7) Encourage and support interactions across cultural differences.


The University of Maine at Machias is one of only a few select United States colleges participating in a technology bridge connecting our students with college students in the Middle East. The Soliya Connect Program is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the US and predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the American and Muslim world with the aim of improving intercultural awareness and understanding. Participating students see and hear each other using the latest in videoconferencing and on-line collaborative technology that facilitates rich personal interactions in small group settings.

Special Features

Civic Learning Goals

  • Civic Knowledge: Understand cross-cultural issues and their implications for resolving current political problems.
  • Civic Skills:Develop the ability to communicate across cultures and explore interests, beliefs, and values belonging to people from other cultural and social groups
  • Civic Attitudes/Dispositions: Develop appreciation for delicate nature of international dialogue and the impact of cultural biases.

Contact Information

Lois-Ann Kuntz

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy