Aminata Cairo is an anthropologist, psychologist, educator, storyteller, ‘worker of love’. She is an independent consultant “who works with people”. She is a former professor of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She was the first and only lecturer of African descent in the Netherlands. Born and raised in the Netherlands with Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her college education. She holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology and medical anthropology and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology.
As an international woman of color, she experienced first hand the challenges of diversity and inclusion. In her applied anthropological work with students, education and community organizations, she has continuously strived to promote inclusion at both the academic and community levels. She is particularly interested in using her academic, artistic and community skills to support, honor and celebrate the voices and stories that go unheard, overlooked, silenced and marginalized.
Aminata received the International Education Faculty Achievement Award in 2013 and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for her efforts. In 2016 she received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a state award from the Government of Suriname for her contribution to culture.