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How to Run a Meeting of People from Different Cultures

How to Run a Meeting of People from Different Cultures | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Multicultural meetings can be tricky to lead. “People bring their cultural baggage with them wherever they go—and that includes the workplace,” says Jeanne M. Brett, professor of dispute resolution and negotiations at Kellogg School of Management. Communication styles vary from culture to culture as do notions of authority and hierarchy, which only heightens the potential for misunderstanding and hard feelings. “If you don’t prepare for cultural differences and anticipate them at the front end, they’re a lot harder to deal with after the fact,” she says. It’s daunting but you needn’t feel overwhelmed, says Erin Meyer, a professor at INSEAD and the author of The Culture Maps. Approach your cross-cultural meeting with an open mind. And, have faith in your abilities because “you likely have more experience than you know,” adds Andy Molinsky, professor of organizational behavior at Brandeis University International Business School and the author of the book Global Dexterity. “You’ve probably run meetings where there was quite a lot of diversity, be it gender diversity, functional diversity, seniority diversity, or just different personalities—culture is one more element,” he says. Here are some ideas to help ensure that your multicultural meetings go smoothly.

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How Do You Define 'Latino'?

How Do You Define 'Latino'? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It’s an exciting time to be a Latino. The community's numbers are growing rapidly.
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This could add to an interesting cultural unit in secondary school social studies classes. Students could better understand differences in latin cultures. I wonder if something similar could be done for Americans who are asians, blacks, and maybe even caucasians. 

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Before this article, I had read one or two articles from teachers who left the Teachers of America program. I wrote of the issues of the authors as an issue of inadequate teacher preparation. This article "Why Teachers of Color Quit" offers another issue professional issue. This is the only article on the subject I have read recently so this may be more of a statistical artifact (unusual situation). I don't want to jump to conclusions. Anecdotal.

 

This quote is important to note: "many teachers seemed indifferent to discussing these issues at all. When Teach for America organized diversity sessions, many teachers in the corps would skip the sessions or come back telling me, “I am so sick of being forced to talk about this.” 

 

I have heard similar comments from fellow studenst in a course on Multiculturalism as part of a teacher prep program. It happened some years ago and the comments were addressed, but it was easy to see that the sentiments did not change from that one discussion. I wonder if other teachers have heard the same or similar. I did not find any problems like this in my teaching positions though. I was lucky enough to teach with supportive teachers and administrators. However, I am surprised teachers in urban areas should encounter these and other difficulties. But this is one story and maybe it is an isolated incident.

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