Being engaged for others, for the 'greater good in a common cause' has been a consistent source of power and inspiration for Semira Soraya-Kandan since her youth. Volunteering gives her much and she likes to give back to others in return. Her current and recent projects are detailed here:
United World College
At a United World College co-founded by Kurt Hahn, I acquired the International Baccalaureate with people from more than sixty countries. This very special international experience and peace education inspire me to this day. Therefore, I support the German Foundation UWC in recruiting future generations.
5th Bundesfachkongress Interkultur “Heimaten bewegen”
The Bundesfachkongress Interkultur is a nation-wide bi-annual conference bringing together a broad spectrum of experts from academia, politics and civil society to discuss the latest developments regarding cultural diversity, intercultural activities and diversity in organizations and institutions. In 2014, I was the civil representative of Mannheim co-organizing the conference "Heimaten bewegen" and chairing the expert forum "Living diversity and social change". Here is a video of the conference and the pdf documentation.
Mentoring Campus Landau
The mentoring program 2014/2015 connected young female talent with female professionals and executives from science and industry. As a mentor, I accompanied a junior employee in her first steps into the working world, advised on career and life planning, on building contacts and establishing professional networks.
Our region has borne a very special society as early as 1999: KulturQuer-QuerKultur e.V. dedicates itself to supporting multicultural artists from the perspective of people "who experience cultural diversity in their biographies out of which they develop contemporary languages that are neither committed solely to the German nor another culture. They draw from diverse references and within their freedom beyond national entanglements they define new urban cultures". I have supported the literary series "Europa Morgen Land"for more than 10 years by participating in the planning and moderation of the readings.
Sietar is an association for people working in intercultural cooperation and cultural diversity. I was Board Member for Finance from 2002 to 2004.