Aminata Cairo is a Lecturer of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Previously she worked as a Diversity and Inclusion Policy Officer at Leiden University and as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For her work in involving students in community engagement, Cairo received the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a State decoration by the Government of Suriname for her contributions to culture. In 2015, Cairo received a Fulbright Fellowship Grant to study traditional Afro-Surinamese dance. Cairo believes her expertise in the field of inclusion and diversity, through which she has come to understand the central importance of universal human rights, will make her a meaningful contributor to the NHC’s work on safeguarding human rights.
Cairo received a double major in Psychology and Physical Education from Berea College and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She obtained a second Masters and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology in 2007 from the University of Kentucky.