Dr. Soleiman Dias
Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations, Chadwick International (Korea)

Dr. Soleiman Dias is the Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea, where he has lived for more than 18 years. Soleiman presides over the Korea Council of Overseas School (KORCOS), which is the oldest association for professional international educators in Korea. He received his Master’s degree in international education in the U.S., and a PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Korean Studies from Hanyang University in Korea. Dr. Dias is also the founder and President of the Incheon Free Economic Zone Foreign Advisory Board, president of Seoul Council of Honorary Citizens, founder and president of the Brazil-Korea Association and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Ceará, Brazil.

Abstract

UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCES: The Role of International Education in Inclusiveness

The world has sunk into a pit of divisiveness and insincerity, and some burning questions of our times more than ever need to be asked, and there is no better place and time than in international schools and colleges, while opinions about politics and society are being formed. This presentation hopes to address the role of international schools in the promotion of acceptance and peaceful coexistence in the context of inclusiveness. Classrooms offer an optimal setting to discuss international issues, development objectives, values such as compassion and tolerance, or the human rights declarations adopted by the international community. This presentation will also share the 5 Steps to Positive Dialogue and Inclusiveness in which questions are asked to establish parameters that can produce actual dialogue rather than simultaneous monologues.

During this presentation participants will:

There are five major outcomes, based on 5 Steps to Positive Dialogue and Inclusiveness:

(1) Believe it is possible to have a positive vision of society without distinction;

(2) Practice and refine communication skills based on tolerance;

(3) Understand where there is and is not room for compromise;

(4) Recognize suffering as a springboard for compassion; and

(5) Build the polis with constructive action.

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