Diversity Matters Now! Workshop Leaders:

Dr. Arthur Romano is an international peace-educator, consultant and certified nonviolence trainer. Arthur has implemented innovative educational programs in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US. Those programs have supported thousands of students in learning practical strategies for building healthy communities, becoming global leaders and productively engaging with conflict. Arthur has spoken numerous times at the United Nations and has collaborated with the Department of Public Information to promote the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace. He currently serves as a professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.

Cherine Badawi is an accomplished experiential educator and instructional designer who has worked globally to bring people together across lines of difference and empower them to create a more socially just, thriving and peaceful world. She has designed and facilitated hundreds of transformational workshops to young people in more than a dozen countries focusing on leadership development, intercultural communication, gender issues, community building and social change. Cherine was as an intrinsic member of the inaugural voyage of The Scholar Ship, a transnational floating university that brought together students and staff from more than 50 countries. Cherine served as a senior trainer for Challenge Day, an innovative social change program recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.


More than a lecture, Diversity Matters Now! is a dynamic and transformative workshop co-created by international peace workers and social justice trainers Cherine Badawi and Dr. Arthur Romano. Diversity Matter Now! uses interactive activities to address diversity issues, enhance leadership qualities and increase capacity to build connections and community across lines of difference. Through a series of lecturettes and activities that promote deep introspection, personal story sharing, and community building, Cherine and Arthur work with students to explore diversity and develop a collective sense of purpose.