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Women in Education Community Conversation: You’ve Got the Power: 07 May

Women in Education Community Conversation: You’ve Got the Power: 07 May

Women in Education Community Conversation: You’ve Got the Power


In this session we will bring together inspiring international school educators to share how their unique journeys shaped their perspectives, and analyse the meaning of belonging in our learning communities.


Takeaways for Participants:

Gain insights to the concept of what belonging entails – allowing participants to appreciate the diversity within the profession and potentially draw inspiration from the varied paths taken – highlighting the range of experiences that have shaped the speakers perspectives and approaches to international education.


About the Facilitators


Yasmine Hashmi is an international educator who has taught in Canada, South Korea, Vietnam and Switzerland where she currently resides. Having taken on multiple roles within schools as a teacher, department head, curriculum developer, instructional coach, and an academic and action researcher – Yasmine is a Learning Support and EAL specialist, who has also taught MYP Mathematics and Science, and DP Theory of Knowledge.


Yasmine is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion both within education and the community. A trained human rights defender, Yasmine has worked with UNISEF, and the UN Human Rights Council. She is also the co-chair with International Schools Services (ISS) Diversity Collaborative BIPOC Voices Data Committee. As a writer for We Need Diverse Books, she believes presenting diverse stores help us all to see stories through different perspectives. It engages us in how we perceive the greater community and develop connections introspectively. Yasmine believes that our pursuits to developing an inclusive mindset is a life long journey, but we all have the power within ourselves to bring positive change.


Social Media:
• LinkedIn:
• Twitter X : @Yasmine_AHashmi


Nunana Nyomi is passionate about developing communities where everyone can thrive as their full selves and helping students find career pathways which allow them to fulfill their potential. Nunana currently serves as University Advisor and DEIJ Coordinator at Leysin American School (LAS) in Switzerland. Prior to joining LAS, Nunana was Associate Director of Higher Education Services for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and provided programs to support student transitions from school to university education.

Additionally, Nunana served on the CIS Global Citizenship Team and on a special CIS Board Committee on Inclusion through Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (I-DEA). He also previously led international student admissions for Calvin University in the U.S.

Nunana is a Third-Culture Kid who grew up in the U.S., Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland, and the U.K. He has a BA in International Relations and French (Calvin University) and a MA in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (Michigan State University)



Loretta Fernando-Smith (she/her) is a teacher with more than 20 years of experience in international schools. She grew up between cultures, moving several times during her childhood. She is also the mother of two multi-racial, Cross Culture Kids. Her experiences of straddling several cultures as a child, adult, parent and educator have made her aware of how people negotiate belonging in different spaces. This tension drives her curiosity, inquiry and research into belonging. Her study on young children’s perceptions of belonging in culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse settings is a part of the recently published Handbook of Research on Critical Issues and Global Trends in International Education. Loretta currently enjoys exploring the world with four and five year olds at Frankfurt International School.