Name of the organization:
United World College Alumni Association Malaysia/Architects of Diversity
Description of Organization:
Architect of Diversity (AOD) is an initiative under the United World College Alumni Association Malaysia that bridges communities and identities among youth in line with the United World College movement to use education as a force of peace and a sustainable future. AOD is one of the leading voices in diversity and inclusion in Malaysia that provides tools to critically engage in sensitive conversations about race, religion and class through empathetic experiential learning and listening.
Malaysian population consists of people of many different races, ethnicities and religions. This makes the country exceptionally rich in heritage, culture and tradition but it might also bring on challenges of polarization and negative attitudes towards ethno-religious minorities. Due to lack of spaces to discover and discuss, many young people fear dialogue around sensitive topics, which might lead to lack of understanding, respect and empathy for marginalized communities.
Proposed Project and Expected Results:
Architects of Diversity’s research project will explore the process of narrative construction, consumption and dissemination through deconstructing political and historical narratives. The project will enable youth to better evaluate and assess the motivation and biases of sources, news and narratives, and become more empathetic towards Malaysia’s minority groups.
The project will equip young people with tools to question narratives, construct alternative discourse, and devise solution-based approaches to identity-based differences in Malaysia through experiential learning followed by capstone projects delivered by participants in their communities. The project will aim to develop a database of alternative narratives made by youth.
Project Coordinator: Jason Wee
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org