Alia engages individuals and groups to achieve more connection, honesty, and depth, in service to holistic social change and liberation. Her work has taken her around the world and focuses on conflict transformation and mediation; leadership development; collaborative workplaces; identity; processes of deep listening, visioning, and reflection; and community building.
Outside of IISC, Alia is a core member of the facilitation team at YES!, an organization working at the meeting point of personal, interpersonal, and systemic change. At the root of all her work is a dedication to creating brave spaces for people to grow and to learn/ unlearn in community.
Alia grew up in Morocco and has degrees in international relations from Brown University and Al Akhawayn University, though she learned everything she knows outside the classroom. She is deeply inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin, particularly his simultaneous and uncompromised commitment to both justice and to love. Alia strives to walk through the world with authentic attention to both.
Things that make her happy include being on a plane, her color-coded home library, babies, and dance parties.