Creating a Legacy of Understanding
Atlantic Institute is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote dialogue among people and towards issues that pertain to their lives. Atlantic Institute's mainstay is to engage in educational activities about social and cultural matters. Founders of the Atlantic Institute are inspired by Fethullah Gulen's philosophy of dialogue and peaceful and constructive coexistence.
- We want to live in a peaceful world where non-violence, respect, understanding, friendship, cooperation and love prevail.
- Seeking and creating opportunities for dialogue between individuals and communities. Contributing to the local and global peace by promoting values such as; respect, acceptance, dialogue, love, richness of faith and culture over centuries of time.
- At Atlantic Institute, we approach our world with realistic optimism to build a better future for tomorrow. We believe that small positive actions can make significant changes in our lives and the world
- We choose to face the challenges of our world by offering solutions through dialogue and education as well as organizing cultural activities and humanitarian works.
Executive Assistant /Event Coordinator
Christina has lived in the Greenville area for 4 years now as a transplant from Florida. She is the Executive Assistant/Event Coordinator for Atlantic Institute Greenville office. She has been an Event Coordinator for most of her life as well as a Personal Assistant for Motivational Speakers, Pilots and Business Executives. She carries a passion for the work that Atlantic Institute accomplishes as she has invested thousands of dollars in herself over the years in Personal Growth courses. Bringing the community together to create Understanding between cultures is a dream that Christina created when she was 23, so she doesn't "come to work" she comes to "create her dream" for the community.
She has two biological children, a boy and a girl, and is also a foster parent and birth doula in the community. She was raised primarily in Tampa Fl and is the oldest of 7 children (5 of which are adopted from Foster Care) She loves exploring Greenville and Volunteering with her family in her spare time.
Summer 2016 Interns:
Isabella is from Greenville, South Carolina but spent parts of her life growing up in both Germany and China. She is a student of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts – where she is a member of the International Students Association and is passionate about International Politics. Isabella possesses dual citizenship of the United States and Germany and as such, experiences both cultures and languages at home. She wishes to pursue International Relations and Security after she attends graduate school. In working with the Atlantic Institute she was able to gain experience in peaceful change making at a grassroots level. She loved being able to see different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups within South Carolina interact with compassion and understanding of each other’s differences.
Katherine Waters was born in South Carolina and is now an English and Philosophy major at Wofford College. After graduation, she wants to find a career that combines her love of writing and communications with anthropological studies. At Wofford, she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and recruitment counselor for the Panhellenic Council. She is also a staff writer for the school's newspaper, The Old Gold and Black, and received an award from the South Carolina Press Association for her writing. She loved working with the Atlantic Institute and seeing people come together despite religious, cultural or ethnic differences. Katherine believes that, in an ever-increasingly globalized society, it is extremely important for people to be able to learn from and understand each other.
Event CoordinatorPaula has lived in the West Columbia area since 2013. She was born and raised in Michigan but has lived all over the United States and even Panama. She is the Executive Assistant/Event Coordinator for Atlantic Institute Columbia office. She has been an Event Coordinator for most of her life as well as an Administrative Assistant at a Native American Tribe in Michigan.
She has two biological children, an adult boy and a 9 year old girl. She is and was very involved in her children’s lives. She was the treasurer and advancement coordinator for her son’s Boy Scout Troop as well as Pack leader for Cub Scouts. She is now on the PTO board as Fundraising VP for her daughter. She was raised primarily in Lansing, Michigan and is the oldest of 3 children. She loves exploring the Columbia area and Volunteering her time at her daughters school in her spare time.
Summer 2016 Interns:
Sara GraceSara Grace was born in South Carolina but grew up in South Africa, Australia, and Singapore as the child of missionary parents. She attends Converse College and is majoring in Creative and Professional Writing with the hopes of working in publishing or marketing after graduation. She has worked for Converse's residential life, is a staff member of Converse's CoCo Radio and Concept Literary Magazine, and will be an Orientation Leader this fall. Her favorite part of interning with the Atlantic Institute was meeting people who pursue peace and prioritize understanding those who are different from themselves. Thanks to her experience with the Atlantic Institute, Sara Grace knows, now more than ever, that openness towards "the other" has immeasurable power to unite and strengthen humanity.
CallahanBorn and raised in South Carolina, Callahan now attends Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In her junior year, Callahan is majoring in International and Global Studies, with a minor in Economics. In addition to her studies Callahan is involved with Student Government, volunteer organizations on campus as well as working in Facilities Services. As part of her major Callahan looks forward to studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic in the Spring of 2017. Callahan is thankful for the opportunities given to her while interning with the Atlantic Institute, such as meeting wonderfully open-minded individuals hoping to make the world a more peaceful place.
our working process in 3 steps
We believe in the power of personal interaction and communicative dialogue as they are the best channels to build mutual understanding, trust, and harmony for a peaceful world.
Seeking and creating
opportunities for dialogue between individuals and communities.
Approach with realistic optimism
to build a better future for tomorrow