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Katia madjidi cv-sept-2012

  1. 1. KATIA SOL MADJIDI, PH.D. (CANDIDATE) 616 Plateau Drive • Kensington, CA • 94708 • (510) 390-4646 • katia7sol@gmail.comQUALIFICATIONS • Over fifteen years of global experience in education, transformative learning, and leadership development, in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Guyana, Finland, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand and the United States, and with more than 30 Indigenous Nations • Currently completing PhD dissertation focusing on transformative learning and leadership, in collaboration with the Ecology of Leadership Program at the Regenerative Design Institute ( • Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese; basic knowledge of French. • Areas of expertise include:  Transformative Education  Indigenous/Aboriginal Knowledge  Leadership Development  Spirituality and Wisdom Traditions  Social Transformation  Ecological Knowledge  Gratitude Practice  Environmental Education  Nature Connection  Experiential Learning  Comparative Education  Participatory, Community-based and  International and Community Development Collaborative ResearchEDUCATIONUNIVERSITY OF TORONTO- ONTARIO INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN EDUCATION Sept 2006- present Doctor of Philosophy (In Progress; Candidate), Adult Education and Community Development Collaborative PhD Program: Comparative, International and Development Education (OISE) Collaborative PhD Program: The Dynamics of Global Change (Munk School of Global Affairs) Supervisor: Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule (Dokois First Nation; Indigenous Knowledge & Learning) Committee: Dr. Edmund O’Sullivan (Transformative Learning), Dr. Deborah Barndt (Arts- and Community-Based Collaborative Research) Specializations: Comparative Education, Transformative Learning, Indigenous Knowledge, Ecological and Social Movements, International & Community Development, Leadership, Community and Arts-Based Collaborative Research; Experiential Learning Thesis (in progress): Cultivating Transformative Learning: A Case Study of the Ecology of Leadership Program of the Regenerative Design InstituteSTANFORD UNIVERSITY Sept 1996 - June 2000 Master of Arts, Education Specializations: Interpersonal, Cross-Cultural and Interracial Dialogue and Communications Community Transformation & Development Supervisor: Dr. Martin Carnoy Scholarly Paper: Breaking down Boundaries: The Use of Dialogue Groups and Participatory Education for the Healing of the Human Divide Bachelor of Arts, Honors –Latin American Studies Specialization: Integrated Community Development and Education in Latin America Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Morrison Honors Thesis: Revolucão Humana: Stories of Struggle and Human Transformation within the Movimento Sem Terra (Brazil) Minor–Spanish and PortugueseSCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINING, Culture & Development Program, Brazil Sept - Dec 1998 Coursework: Overseas experiential learning program, focusing on Brazilian history and culture, Portuguese language, research methodology, and issues of social justiceSAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, Wildlands Studies Program, Nepal June - Aug 1997 Coursework: Overseas experiential learning program, combining classes in the field with a two-month trek in the Himalayas. Anthropological and biological field studies; independent research.
  2. 2. Katia Sol Madjidi–CV Page 2ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEREGENERATIVE DESIGN INSTITUTE Lead Facilitator, Ecology of Leadership Program November 2010- Present • Co-facilitating a five month educational program for 40 individuals from various backgrounds, focusing on the development of their personal and community leadership abilities • Focuses on “leadership from the inside out,” by cultivating transformation through self-awareness, nature connection, gratitude practice, authenticity, and building conscious learning communities. • Working in collaboration with Christopher Kuntzsch and James Stark, Co-Directors of the Ecology of Leadership (EOL) program, to assess the transformative learning impacts of the EOL Program • Co-developed an innovative 360 degree on-line survey for the program participants to assess their own inner and outer leadership development as well as for them to receive global feedback on how they are perceived in these capacities by people in their various circles and communities. Coordinator, Intergenerational Dialogue Circle April-November 2011 • Worked in collaboration with Penny Livingston and Belvie Rooks to coordinate an intergenerational and intercultural Peacemakers’ Council of youth leaders and Elder mentors currently working with underserved youth in East Bay, San Francisco and Marin County communities. • Responsible for all aspects of coordination of the event, including logistics and planning, outreach to stakeholders, creating a collective vision for the event with existing participants, planning for ongoing community impact and involvement, communications to all participants, etc.EMERGENT PERFORMANCE CONSULTING, LTD. Design Partner July 2011- Present • Invited to become a design partner for a new consulting company focusing on transformative and experiential educational experiences and leadership development from an emergent paradigm. • Member of team of consultants that provides innovative educational solutions to individuals and organizations based on a model of deep living and precise engagement.KEYI STRATEGIES Assistant Editor, Commonwealth Series on Social Entrepreneurship Dec 2010-Sept 2011 • Assisted Dr. Ruth Shapiro in editing the Commonwealth Club series on Social Entrepreneurship, being published in a book by Stanford University Press. The book includes chapters by luminaries in the field such as Muhammad Yunus, Bill Drayton, Premal Shah, Sally Osberg, and Jacqueline Novogratz. • Content-edited, proofread and provided editorial feedback on all lecture-based chapters as well as the introduction, round robins and conclusion.DEPARTMENT OF GLOBAL STUDIES, WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Contract Academic Staff, Theories of International Development Sept- Dec 2009 • Led weekly tutorials on the history and theories of international development for 90 students. • Designed lesson plans; met with students. • Responsible for all marking and grade assignments.DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Aboriginal Studies Sept 2007 - Dec 2009 • Led weekly tutorials on Aboriginal and Indigenous studies for 120 students. • Designed lesson plans; met with students; responsible for all marking and grade assignments.ONTARIO INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Research Assistant, Comparative and International Education May 2007-June 2008 • Assisted with various aspects of the functioning of the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre, including supporting the formation of a CIDE student association and core organizing structure as well as production of newsletters, reports, etc.
  3. 3. Katia Sol Madjidi–CV Page 3Co-Editor, Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers May 2007- June 2008 • Coordinated communications and planning between editors, authors, and publisher • Managed the editing and submission of all chapters and of the final manuscript • Completed a full editorial and proofreading revision of the textbook • Contributed a chapter on Comparative Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning Teaching Assistant, Comparative and International Education Course Sept 2006 - April 2008 • Assistant for Comparative & International Development Education for Pre-Service Teachers course • Supported technical needs for the class through preparation of course materials, organization of video library, arrangement of copyright, etc.GHOST RIVER REDISCOVERY, CALGARY, ALBERTA Program Coordinator, International Indigenous Youth Leadership Oct 2002–Aug 2006 • Directed an international Indigenous youth leadership program for an Aboriginal-based non-profit organization that specializes in experiential, cultural education programs. • Responsible for all aspects of program coordination and management, including project design and delivery, fund-raising, budget management, hiring, recruitment, staff training, program expansion, promotions and marketing, and public relations. • Successfully fundraised over $3 million CAD to support my programs • Provided diverse programs, ranging from two to eight months’ duration, for up to 500 Aboriginal youth annually, resulting in the youths’ demonstrated successful emergence as community leaders. • Recruited, hired, and managed 30+ staff across international locations, in challenging and remote sites • Conducted regular site visits, program evaluations, and extensive reporting to funding agenciesINTERNATIONAL TEACHING CENTRE, HAIFA, ISRAEL Program Officer, Quality Controller Sept. 2000–May 2002 • Worked overseas at a multicultural international organization with 800 employees, overseeing correspondence related to grassroots education and training. • Responsible for upholding a high degree of excellence in correspondence with over 180 countries and territories. Position required excellent writing and analytical skills and comprehensive geographical and cultural knowledge. • Analyzed budgets and monitored ongoing financial needs for individual overseas volunteers as well as large-scale educational training projects around the world. • Awarded special projects in addition to regular responsibilities, i.e. compilation of periodic newsletter, creation of country analyses and reports, and document editing.STANFORD UNIVERSITY Master’s Thesis Research Sept 1999–June 2000 • Studied the role of cross-cultural and interracial dialogue groups in transforming human relationships. Facilitated a series of groups over a two-year period, designing curriculum and leading dialogues. Honors Thesis Research June 1999-June 2000 • Analyzed the implementation of Freirian pedagogy within the Brazilian Landless Rural Worker’s Movement (MST). Traveled to rural sites where MST had seized and occupied land, conducting research on grassroots, participatory education within the movement.FOUNDATION FOR THE TEACHING & APPLICATION OF THE SCIENCES (FUNDAEC- COLOMBIA) Educational Research Analyst June–August 1998 • Conducted an evaluation of a newly developed primary school system for potential application throughout Latin America. Traveled to Costa Rica and Ecuador to visit parallel educational sites. Conducted interviews and on-site research and composed a final 50-page analysis.SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY WILDLANDS STUDIES PROGRAM (NEPAL) Student Researcher June–August 1997 • Researched the integration of conservation and development within the Nepalese WWF park system, analyzing the potential for inclusion of local peoples into park management in Shey Phoksundo region.
  4. 4. Katia Sol Madjidi–CV Page 4AWARDS Doctoral Completion Award, University of Toronto (full tuition + top-up to OGS) 2011-2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15000) 2011-2012 Academic Excellence Award, University of Toronto ($3000) 2011-2012 Doctoral Ranjit Kumar Graduate Fellowship, Foundation for International Training ($3000) 2010-2011 Awarded to one student at the University of Toronto each year on the basis of academic excellence SGS Travel Grant, University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies ($1750) 2010- 2011 Awarded highest amount of all applicants for the award Academic Excellence Award, University of Toronto ($3000) 2010-2011 William E. Taylor Fellowship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada 2008-2011 Awarded to the most outstanding social sciences doctoral student in Canada; $5000/year for two years. Academic Excellence Award, University of Toronto ($3000) 2009-2010 Doctoral Research Award, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada 2008-2011 Two-year doctoral research grant; $20,000/year for two years. Doctoral Guaranteed Funding Award, Ontario institute for Studies in Education 2006-2011 Full scholarship for four years plus guaranteed funding top-up of roughly $20000/year Dean’s Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education 2006 Vanderbilt University - Graduate Fellow; Peabody Dean’s Fellowship, Scholarly Fellow 2006 Overseas Research Grant, Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies 1999-2000PUBLICATIONS Kathy Madjidi, “Educating for Unity & Global Transformation,” manuscript currently under peer review, Journal of Transformative Education, SAGE. Kathy Madjidi, “Solos and Spirit Spots: Aboriginal-based Spaces for Silence in Education,” in Silences, pp. 73- 74. Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Gatineau, QB, June 2008. Karen Mundy, Kathy Bickmore, Ruth Hayhoe, Meggan Madden and Katherine Madjidi (Eds.), Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers. CSPI and Teachers College Press: Toronto, ON and New York, NY, 2008. Katherine Madjidi and Jean-Paul Restoule, "Comparative Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning," Chapter Four in Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers, ed. Karen Mundy et al., CSPI and Teachers College Press: Toronto, ON and New York, NY, 2008. Daniel Schugurensky and Kathy Madjidi, “Reinventing Freire: Citizenship Education in Schools and Social Movements in Brazil,” Chapter Nine in The Sage Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy, ed. James Arthur, Ian Davies and Carole Hahn, SAGE, London, 2008. Kathy Madjidi, "Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education Established to Provide Educational Opportunities for Oppressed Religious Minority in Iran." History of Education: Selected Moments of the 20th Century. Edited by Daniel Schugurensky. Online:, 2006. Several reports evaluating the progress and results of projects funded through government agencies such as CIDA, FAC, and HRSD. Ghost River Rediscovery, Calgary, AB, 2002-05. Kathy Madjidi, Breaking down Boundaries: The Use of Dialogue Groups and Participatory Education for the Healing of the Human Divide, Stanford University School of Education. 77 pp., Stanford, CA. 2000. Kathy Madjidi, Revolucão Humana: Stories of Struggle and Human Transformation within the Movimento Sem Terra. Undergraduate Honours Thesis, Stanford University. 110 pp., Stanford, CA, 2000. Kathy Madjidi, Transforming Tradition: The significance of the re-creation of traditional dances in Bahia, Brazil. School for International Training, Ceará, Brazil, 1998.
  5. 5. Katia Sol Madjidi–CV Page 5 Kathy Madjidi, Analysis of the History, Methodology, and Success of the Jamundi Primary School, 50 pp. Foundation for the Application & Teaching of the Sciences. Colombia, 1998.SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES Diversity and Equity in Education Conference, “Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning,” February 2012, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary. Transformative Learning Centre Monthly Circle, “The Bioneers – A Revolution from the Heart of Nature, ” November 2010, OISE/UT, Toronto, ON. Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto–Guest lecture, “Comparative Indigenous Ways of Knowing,” November 2007, November 2008, September 2009, October 2010 Introduction to Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto–Guest lecture, “Participatory Development”, 2008. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, “Transnational Religious Actors: Shaping Global Educational Norms,” March 17-21, 2008, New York, NY. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, panel chair and presenter, “Comparative and International Education for Teachers,” March 17-21, 2008, New York, NY. Safe Schools Conference, “Aboriginal and Cross-Cultural Peacebuilding through Circle Processes,”September 29, 2007, OISE/UT, Toronto, ON. World Council of Comparative Education Societies, “Educating for Unity & Global Transformation,” September 3-7, 2007, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Bahai Studies-North America, “Participatory Development for Community Transformation,” August 16-19, 2007, Toronto, ON. 4th Annual Conference on Indigenous Education: Asia/Pacific, “Indigenous Epistemology for Global Education and Transformation,” July 19-22, 2007, Vancouver, BC. Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, “Comparative Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning,” February 25-March 1, 2007, Baltimore, MD, USA. Latin American Studies 203.01 Course, University of Calgary –Guest lecture “Indigenous Issues in Latin America: Ghost River Rediscovery’s Indigenous Leadership Program in Bolivia, Guyana & Dominica,” 2005. Latin American Studies 203.01 Course, University of Calgary –Guest lecture “Education and Development: Stories of Struggle and Human Transformation in the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers’ Movement,” 2004. Leadership Calgary, Preparation and presentation of nine hour curriculum on Pioneer Leadership, 2005-06. Alberta Council for Global Cooperation – 2004 Annual Meeting, “Indigenous Youth Leadership.” Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) Annual Conference, Closing Conference Plenary session – “Unity in Diversity,” Canmore, Alberta, 2003. FGL Open Global Business Society – “Global Youth Forum” 2003, Plenary – “Indigenous Youth Leadership” Youth Development Through Recreation Services – 2003 National Symposium, Plenary- “Youth Leadership” Youth Movement Coordination Team, Presentation and facilitation at several provincial wide youth conferences Ghost River Rediscovery “Connecting Indigenous Youth” Public Engagement Tours 2003 and 2004ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAININGEcology of Leadership Program – Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, CA Feb- June 2011 • Five month leadership development program focused on inner and outer leadership in one’s personal life, community and service path/work (part of collaborative, participatory research project for my PhD)Cultivating Women’s Leadership Training - Bioneers, Ocate, NM July 2010 • One week training with Nina Simons and Toby Herzlich on developing women’s leadership capabilitiesAwakening the Dreamers Symposium, Pachamama Alliance, Toronto, ON June 2010 • Attended symposium; planning to be trained as a facilitatorThe Emerging Wisdom Culture - State of the World Forum and Wisdom University March 2010 • One week course of the Wisdom University and State of the World Forum, with an integral focus and intensive teaching by Paul Ray, Jim Garrison, Lester Brown, Randy Hayes, Marcela Olivera, and others.Awakening the Divine Feminine - Divine Feminine, Awakened Masculine Institute, Esalen Institute Oct 2009 • Weekend course hosted by Caroline Muir and Joan Heartfield on healing and awakening the sacred feminine
  6. 6. Katia Sol Madjidi–CV Page 6Women’s Ceremonial Training, Sacred Fire, Six Nations ON Feb-Sept 2009 • Attended monthly women’s ceremonies and training led by Diane Longboat (Leading Earth Woman) (Mohawk-Haudenosaunee) at the Sacred Fire on Six Nations TerritoryEmotional Healing and Community Renewal, Six Nations, ON Oct 2008-May 2009 • Year long training led by Dr. Beth Hedva (transpersonal psychologist) and Kim Haxton (First Nations ceremonialist) to learn to facilitate processes of individual and community healing and renewal.Leadership Calgary- Volunteer Calgary, Calgary, AB Sept 2005-June 2006 • Year-long in-depth leadership training by application only. Curriculum focused on the Human Venture and the Pioneer Leadership Journey, including aspects of personal responsibility, social and cultural co- responsibility, the creative realization process, and the cultivation of tools of wisdom and judgment.Rediscovery International Training, Rediscovery International (Pearson College, BC) June 2003 • Two week intensive training in facilitating cultural outdoor education programs, based on Indigenous wisdom and focused on developing participants’ connections with themselves, one another, and the land.Ruhi Institute Facilitator Training Sept 2001-Feb 2003 • Seven course training to become a facilitator for the Bahá’í-inspired Ruhi Institute training program, focused on developing spiritual capabilities for transforming our global civilizationACADEMIC SERVICE Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative PhD Program Steering Committee Member • Selected as student representative for the steering committee of the Dynamics of Global Change PhD program at the Munk School of Global Affairs Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology Faculty Search Committee Member • Selected as student representative for a faculty search committee for a new faculty position in the department of Adult Education and Community Development Comparative, International and Development Education Student Association Co-Founder, Member • Helped to initiate and co-found the CIDE Student Association – now a flourishing student association with an annually elected core organizing team and over 100 members Indigenous Education Network (IEN) Member Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) Member One Earth Community Conference 2007 (OISE-UT) Volunteer – MusicVOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES   CommuniTuesdays – Member Dec 2011- present Keeva A Cappella – Community Choir June 2011-present Voices of Unity - Community choir Nov 2009-June 2011 “Harmony Circle & Joyful Gems” Children’s Virtues Classes-Founder and Educator March 2009-June 2010 Echo Women’s Community Choir September 2007-May 2008 Leadership Calgary – Program Guide July 2005- June 2006 Leadership Calgary – Program Participant Sept 2004-June 2005 Women in Spirituality – Board Member Jan 2004-June 2006 Alberta Youth Movement Coordination Team- Chairperson Aug 2002-Feb 2005 Youth Activities Committee – Youth Developer (Haifa, Israel) May 2001–May 2002 Stanford Race Dialogue Program – Initiator and Facilitator Jan 1999–June 2000 Talisman A Cappella – Fundraising Director, Member Sept 1999–June 2000 Youth Year of Service program, Bolivia – Volunteer Sept 1995–May 1996REFERENCESAvailable upon Request*Please note that for web searches, you will also find me under “Katherine” or “Kathy” Madjidi.