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Stereotypes – our best friends, our worst enemies

In the panic for security now gripping the USA as well as other nations, typing and profiling others has become as commonplace as it is noxious.  Stereotypes are both our best friends and our worst enemies. Stereotypes could be compared to the active library of your inner iTunes playing one track after another. This applies to everything you are experiencing in life, though we tend to think of stereotypes as automatic, knee-jerk judgments about people when we use the word. For example, I see heavy black clouds and my stereotype says “rain” and I go for my umbrella or raincoat before leaving the house. Or I see a group of rowdy looking teenagers on the sidewalk coming my way and I am prompted to...

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UNSPOKEN CONVERSATIONS: Exploring dynamics of culture in hidden bias

People talk to themselves all the time. They carry on a constant inner conversation while listening to the radio, watching television or reading the paper or online. We don’t know what they say to themselves about the messages we give them. If we were talking directly to them, we could ask questions and listen “actively” to their responses. Through the media, however, we rarely know who they are personally, to say nothing of knowing what goes through their minds as they take in what me send. So, we guess. We try to construct a message that will reach them. We weigh words and images to avoid “red flags” and “red herrings.” We want them to track in the direction we...

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Politica – Naked US culture(s)

As one of the authors of the Cultural Detective USA®, I have been watching the current presidential election campaign with interest, fear, and trepidation, concerned not just about the outcome, but about how what we see happening reflects culture(s) in the USA and how that will affect my understanding of it and my presentation of it as a consultant and trainer who frequently readies others around the globe for collaboration with US Americans or for expatriation to the States. As a citizen stakeholder, it is difficult to step back, observe and document the cultural dynamics without strong feelings trying to sway the way. One could pick up any number of models in our intercultural professional toolbox and attempt an analysis...

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Education for Refugee and Migrant Students

Guest Blog Post, recommended by Vivian Chiona.  Original link: http://www.learntochange.eu/2016/09/20/education-for-refugees/ ---- ---- ---- Fostering access to education for refugee students,  asylum seekers and migrant children is important if we wish to shape a positive future. Last week we introduced a tool focused on refugee and migrant learners and their families and how educational teams can best welcome and serve these individuals and families. This week we share with you a summary in the form of an “Infographic” to help you understand the main questions the tool deals with. It is not enough to have a plan for the newly arrived students. All students need care to help adapt to a new situation. With social inclusion and equity in mind, educators will need...

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Why would a dental hygienist change her life to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership and management?

An Interview with Patricia Stokke  ”As a researcher, college educator, and consultant Dr. Stokke works with individuals, teams, and organizations to develop and harness global leadership and global mindset capabilities for success in the global marketplace.” Dr. Patricia Stokke’s life has not always been about leading and teaching others to embrace their international experiences and develop their global leadership skills. There was a time when Patricia felt uncomfortable with her own identity and like many children with a multi-cultural upbringing, struggled to find a place she felt she fit in and could call ”home.” "It has been such an important discovery and journey to normalize my life experience, who I am and realize why I have had over the years this feeling...

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