Aminata Cairo was one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 Diversity Conference at Leiden University. Her main topic: diversity from a black woman’s perspective.
No one could talk about this better than Aminata herself. Born in Amsterdam to Surinamese parents, she was raised in the Netherlands. She left for the United States when she was 18, obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a second Master’s and a PhD in Medical Anthropology at the University of Kentucky with a special interest in mental health and culture. Until last year, Aminata Cairo worked as an associate professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Today, she is one of Leiden’s first policy officers contributing to diversity issues.