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.  
 
For more information about Marieke's work you can visit: www.mariekevanwoerkom.com

Recent posts by Marieke

Discussing DACA
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 11, 2017

Gathering

 
Ask students what they know about the DACA program and why it is currently in the news. 
 
Tell students that on September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will phase out a program called DACA, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... Read more

DACA: A Reflective Circle
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 7, 2017

 

To the Teacher
 

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will phase out a program called DACA, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”

DACA is an Obama-era program that allows some young undocumented... Read more

Connecting to Each Other & to World Events
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 3, 2017


To the Teacher:
 

This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year.  

It also includes an exploration of issues in the news over the summer. Students can be invited to pick an issue... Read more

Hate at an Arkansas Mosque, Part 2: Restoration
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 3, 2017

 

To the Teacher:

In this lesson, students continue the exploration they began in Part 1 of what happened after a mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was defaced. In Part 2, students learn about and... Read more

Hate at an Arkansas Mosque, Part 1: The People
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 3, 2017

 

To the Teacher:

In this activity, students consider what happened after a mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas was defaced. They will explore the personal stories of people in the community, including those targeted by the attack, through information gleaned from this... Read more