Aminata Cairo is the Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her college education. She obtained Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology.
As an international woman of colour she experienced firsthand the challenges of diversity and inclusion. 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.
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