Marieke van Woerkom

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Marieke has worked in the field of cultural exchange, interfaith dialogue, conflict transformation, violence prevention and human rights for 20 years. She holds a double Masters in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, with a specialization in group identity and inter-group relations. 

As program director, facilitator and educator, she has designed, implemented and supervised hundreds of trainings, dialogues and related programs that raise awareness, promote understanding and empower diverse groups of people to make positive change in their own lives and that of their communities. Marieke works across the globe with groups of all ages.

Marieke joined Morningside Center as a staff developer in 2006.  As a trainer and coach, she works in schools across the city to help create more conducive teaching and learning environments.  She is also a regular contributor to TeachableMoment and writes curricula that engage students (pre-K-12) in establishing positive connections and building their social and emotional skills.  
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Recent posts by Marieke

Nonviolent Protest and the Beloved Community
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Feb. 25, 2017


Introduction or Opening Ceremony

Explain that today we’ll reflect on “LOVE.”  Not romantic love or a reciprocal love between personal friends. Instead, we’ll talk about a love that Martin Luther King, Jr. described as:

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Black History Month & the Danger of a Single Story
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Feb. 13, 2017


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“Extreme Vetting”: U.S. Refugee Process & the Trump Ban
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Feb. 5, 2017


To the Teacher: 

In this activity, students learn about and discuss the U.S.'s policies for vetting refugees and what happened to refugees after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program.
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Trump Immigration Ban: Photos, tweets & headlines
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Feb. 3, 2017


To the Teacher

The lesson below gives students an opportunity to explore what happened in the days after President Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration. The order, signed on January 27, 2017, barred people from seven Muslim majority countries... Read more

Trump’s Immigration Ban: News & Stories
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Jan. 31, 2017


Post the following words around the room or write/project them onto the board:
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