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

Environments that encourage harassment - and how to change them
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 30, 2017

To the Teacher:

The  news about Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused of harassing and assaulting women over many years, raises important issues for young people to consider.
 
Be aware that this subject may bring up strong... Read more

Harvey Weinstein & the Culture of Silence
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 23, 2017

 

To the Teacher:
 

The  news about Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused of harassing and assaulting women over many years, raises important issues for young people to consider.

Be aware that this subject may... Read more

Puerto Rico: Finding Our Best Way to Help
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 12, 2017

Gathering
 

Show the following tweet by printing it out or projecting it on the screen for all to see.

Ask students:

  • Have you seen this tweet? 
  • Do you know what it’s about?
  • What can you distinguish in the image... Read more

Athletes protest racial inequality: Exploring views
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 10, 2017

 

A Backgrounder for the Teacher
 

This lesson has students consider the widespread protests by athletes against racial injustice. The following background information about this ongoing controversy may be helpful.

NBA and WNBA players have protested... Read more

Sharing in the wake of Hurricane Maria & other natural disasters
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Sep. 30, 2017


To the Teacher:
 

This activity uses a circle process to help students process the many disasters that have... Read more