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Education for Refugee and Migrant Students

Guest Blog Post, recommended by Vivian Chiona.  Original link: ---- ---- ---- 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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Repatriation: Returning Home for Another Shock!

Featured Image Source: Photographer: Tim Swaan.  While many expats expect to experience culture shock when moving to a new country, few of us anticipate the shock of returning home. We assume we will transition smoothly because we have grown up and are already familiar with the culture. However, repatriation and expatriation are two sides of the same coin – just as it takes time to settle into another culture, it takes time to settle back into “home”. After investing so much energy into adapting to the culture of a host country, it makes sense that we now have to re-adapt to home – and that we might have forgotten certain nuances of home. Reverse culture shock, as it’s commonly called, can be worsened by the...

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The Shifting Expat Scene

My personal experience and tips for changing environments. “Once again I find myself alone, sitting at the small wooden table in this cold kitchen, wearing wool socks on my feet and a hot cup of tea in my hand. As I gaze out the window at the pouring down rain, I can’t help but think this summer was all just a dream…” This excerpt is taken from one of the first journal entries I had wrote upon returning from a summer spent working in Southern France for diversophy®. Coming “home” is not always as sweet as the saying when you feel there are a million pieces to your puzzled life to put back together. This post will share tips, coping...

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diversophy® first special guest blog – Elmer Dixon Presents at Midwest Security & Police Conference

Elmer Dixon, President of Executive Diversity Services, who frequently partners with our diversophy® team, spoke at the Midwest Security & Police Conference in Tinley Park, IL this week on the importance of intercultural conflict training for officers. Police chiefs from around the US Midwest participated in the event. Dixon's presentation explored two aspects of responding to conflict: first, how one communicates disagreement, and second, how one expresses emotion. He suggested that being able to quickly recognize conflict styles will enable officers to deescalate high intensity situations by making small changes in how they react. "If I [have an] emotionally restrained style and I'm talking with someone who is emotionally expressive," he said, "Even minimal amounts of emotion through either expressions...

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