Opening ISS MA programme

International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Friday 7 Sep 2018, 16:00

End date

Friday 7 Sep 2018, 18:00

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International Institute of Social Studies
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On 7 September, the International Institute of Social Studies will hold an event to open its 2018-2019 MA programme in Development Studies.

The speaker this year is Aminata Cairo, Lector Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her lecture is entitled 'And Now it Begins...'.

In her lecture, Aminata will inspire students as they are about to embark on their new academic journey through reflecting on her own as an international student in the United States. Born to Surinamese parents in the Netherlands, Aminata ended up in the mountains of Appalachia.  Her experiences from rural Berea, Kentucky, to ultra-urban Baltimore, Maryland and her home country Suriname prepared her for her present stop in the Netherlands.

About the speaker


Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, Aminata Cairo left for the US to pursue her university education, obtaining Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology, and a PhD in Medical Anthropology.


In her applied anthropological work with students and community organizations she has continually strived to promote inclusion at both the academic and the community level. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 for her efforts. In 2016 she received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a state decoration by the Government of Suriname for her contribution in culture.

Current occupation

Currently she uses an applied approach in addressing diversity and inclusion at the Hague University of Applied Sciences by focusing on fostering connections, interactions at all levels of the university, and utilizing student mobilization as a key factor.