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Mr. Fischer is dedicated to the idea that those qualities which unite us are greater than those which divide us.

 

 

Matt Fischer  

Matt Fischer

Matt Fischer is the Lead Intern for Special Projects at the International Center for Compassionate Organizations. He is also a graduate fellow at the University of Louisville's Department of Urban and Public Affairs (UPA) specializing in compassionate governance, leadership, and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Arabic from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  

Mr. Fischer is dedicated to the idea that those qualities which unite us are greater than those which divide us. As an accomplished language instructor, curriculum designer and writer, he has sought to generate compassion for and unity with the Arabic-speaking world through cultural events, guest lectures and course design. Mr. Fischer has been an autonomous Arabic instructor at several universities in the United States, including the University of Louisville where he served four years as coordinator and lead instructor of Arabic.

Through his experience as an instructor, Mr. Fischer has found that one of the fundamental keys to effective classroom communication is compassion. The language barrier presents the initial daunting hurdle to the need of human beings to be understood — be that in a second language or among different vernacular clusters within an individual city. The desire to learn another’s language can itself be a compassionate step. Such a project grounds both parties in the shared experience exploring the world through the eyes of another while also producing a cognitive awareness of one’s own thoughts and intentions.
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