Speaker, Scholar, Storyteller.

From motivational keynotes to hands-on trainings, Dr. Cairo engages people, communities and organizations to implement positive change and communicate the message that every story has value.


Helsinki 2019 – The 31st Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition.


Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her college education.  She obtained a dual Bachelor in Psychology and Physical Education, Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology… (read more)

the latest.

Holding Space: A Narrative Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Published by Aminata Cairo Consultancy


What I do then is to hold space.  Specifically I hold space for the stories that are normally overlooked, silenced, marginalized or dismissed.  My ultimate goal is to normalize these spaces as part of the larger multi-storied mosaic.  If the larger space is transformed by it, than that is beautiful.  However, this is not what I set out to do, not anymore. Striving for that goal merely leads to disappointment I have found.  Terms such as diversity and inclusion are misleading… 

Research: Stories of Solidarity


It is with great pride that I can announce we are about to bring our researchproject to a close. Since its onset our project has expanded. Our research has explored stories of solidarity under Covid in community centers, the market place, sacred communities, families with children, and the Pakistani community in The Hague. The research team represents Netherlands/Suriname/USA, Mexico, Chile, Cameroun/France and Pakistan. Institutions that participate include the International Institute of Social Sciences, Leiden University College, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. We have involved students who have made great contributions. We are working on video’s which we look forward to sharing with you soon.

The Inclusivity Pathway Training

The Inclusivity Pathway Training is a training dedicated to helping people facilitate inclusive spaces. .

There will be a working conference on Wednesday March 3 from 9:00 – 11:00 where you can come and try it out. To register contact diversiteit@leidenuniv.nl. Participation is free.


Tell your story and tell it proudly.


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