Aylin Vartanyan DilaverAylin Vartanyan Dilaver holds an MA degree in German Literature from Columbia University and she is pursuing a doctoral degree at the European Graduate School in the Expressive Arts for Social Change Program. She is an instructor of Critical Reading and Writing at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. Since 2006 she has been actively involved at the Peace Education Center at the same university organizing conferences, preparing curricula and facilitating workshops for educators, counselors, students, youth and NGO workers on conflict transformation from an expressive arts perspective.



Dr. Mine Göl-GüvenAfter graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Art and Science, Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling in 1997, Göl-Güven earned her master’s degree from the Department of Child
and Family Studies at Syracuse University and completed her Ph.D. at Penn State University, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation was entitled, “Fire Bee Versus ABC: Cultural Varieties in Mother-Child Play Interactions in a Playgroup and at Home.” She holds a faculty position at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul where she has served as assistant professor since 2006. She has been working with teachers to promote social-emotional skills in children at school settings. School and program evaluation and pre-service and in-service teachers’ training are her interest areas. She has been conducting studies in collaboration with NGO’s to support adults to develop good
relationships with children, to build supportive environments with children, and to develop programs for early childhood settings. Dr. Gol-Guven has been an active member in Peace Education Application and Research Center since 2008. The projects she was the main researcher are, “Five in 5: Early Childhood Early Skills” conducted in Mardin and Istanbul supported by DPT and “Supporting 1. Grade Students to Collaborate and Cooperate with Peers” supported by Director of Istanbul, Ministry of Education. She defines herself as a child friendly researcher who advocates for/with children to communicate, interact and build relationships.