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Feel Like You Belong – Olivia Sprinkel

Olivia Sprinkel finds herself transplanted across the Atlantic to New York City. There she guides Fortune 500 companies through sustainability efforts that align with their North Star.

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Feel Like You Belong – Andre Pillow and Jorge Garcia

How do we change the notion that certain sports are just for white athletes or male participants? By mentoring females and youth of color in those sports!

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MOVEMEDIA:Diversity

The next two installments in the Grand Rapids Ballet's innovative contemporary dance series, MOVEMEDIA, to explore and celebrate the complex canvas of diversity. Panel discussions, community outreach, and world-premiere works by some of today’s most influential choreographers.
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Feel Like You Belong – Raquel Salas

Attorney Raquel Salas understands the ins and outs of immigration and cultural adaptation, having moved to the U.S. over a decade ago from her native Dominican Republic. She uses that lived experience as a newcomer along with her native Spanish language skills to counsel immigrants in the intricacies of American criminal law. She joins us to talk about culture, belonging, and the myths that surround the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA for short.

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Fred Lessing: Lessons from the Holocaust

Fred Lessing: Lessons from the Holocaust | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Fred Lessing's mother scooped her sons into her arms and told them sternly, "You are Jewish boys. If they catch you, they will kill you."

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Feel Like You Belong – Mlado Ivanović

A 13-year-old Serbian boy and his mother flee worn-torn Bosnia. Young refugee Mlado Ivanović spends his teen years trying to adapt to Austrian culture and the German language...

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Craig & Pamela Benjamin: From Down Under to Fitting In

Craig & Pamela Benjamin: From Down Under to Fitting In | Language and culture | Scoop.it

An Aussie/Kiwi couple moves from Down Under to Up Over. Pamela and Craig Benjamin discuss their personal mid-life moves. Changing hemispheres and changing careers in the land of opportunity.

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Feel Like You Belong: Adam Khafif

As a young kid, Adam Khafif was already developing a sense for business, working in his off-school hours for the family's cookie business...

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Adam Khafif is an entrepreneur with a belief in giving back to his communities.
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Anan Ameri: Love and Leadership in Arab America

Anan Ameri: Love and Leadership in Arab America | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Dr. Anan Ameri says she moved to Detroit, Michigan, from the Middle East for a PhD, but it was really for love.  Decades later, she can step back and proudly behold the legacy of love that she has given her adopted community. Beyond the founding of two noble institutions (Palestine Aid Society of America and Arab American National Museum), she counts as her proudest accomplishment the mentoring of countless young women who are now leaders in their own right.  A native of Palestine, Dr. Ameri was recently inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

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David Alicea: Social Justice for All of God's Children

David Alicea: Social Justice for All of God's Children | Language and culture | Scoop.it

David Alicea knows firsthand the peaks and valleys of life. Homeless on the streets of New York at age 10, he bounced between several foster families before being taken in by a young couple who gave him his stability. They eventually took him back to their native Puerto Rico, where the hardscrabble kid learned discipline and the love of the church.

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Vowel #9 – The Great American English Vowel Series continues: /ou/

Vowel #9 – The Great American English Vowel Series continues: /ou/ | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Alan teaches the pronunciation of Vowel #9 in American English: /ou/. He includes spelling patterns, exceptions, and sample sentences for practice. 

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Gail Harrison: Good Neighbors Come in Many Colors

Gail Harrison: Good Neighbors Come in Many Colors | Language and culture | Scoop.it

This week's guest can be described as a builder of bridges and breaker of barriers. With one foot planted firmly on each side of the world's longest international boundary, Gail Harrison is a dual US-Canadian citizen. And she uses that broad outlook to inform her daily work, where she is the executive director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.

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At #119, Culturium Is Newest Addition

At #119, Culturium Is Newest Addition | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Following June's addition of 4 new names to the Periodic Table (including Nihonium), element #119 is unveiled: Culturium 

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What's Up? – Civil Discourse on the Internet

The internet serves many functions: entertainment, education, communication, and more. When it devolves into knee-jerk rudeness, it ceases to serve us...

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Jacqueline Keeler: Native American Narrative —

Jacqueline Keeler: Native American Narrative — | Language and culture | Scoop.it

In Newcomer-USA conversations, one line frequently comes up: "We're all immigrants, really." While FLYB is committed to telling immigrant stories, we acknowledge an important pre-immigration narrative that is too often missing: the story of the indigenous peoples living here for millennia!

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Feel Like You Belong's interview with Native American author @jfkeeler: http://feellikeyoubelong.com/television-show-blog/2018/2/23/jacqueline-keeler-part-1 ;
Yours in the conversation that not all of us "are all immigrants, really” – Alan
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Feel Like You Belong – Ace Marasigan

As a teenage immigrant, Ace Marasigan wanted no part of the United States. Yet, with encouragement from the local Filipino community, he hung in there, worked hard, and today is a leader in his adopted city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Feel Like You Belong – Myra Maimoh

Singer-songwriter Myra Maimoh joins us in studio to sing an original composition and talk about growing up in her native Cameroon.  Come for the music; stay for the conversation!

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Feel Like You Belong – Simin Beg

Simin Beg is a mom and wife, a physician, and a practicing Muslim. She offers her insights on straddling cultures, practicing palliative medicine, and everyday faith.

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A profound inter-faith moment with Pakistani-born physician Simin Beg
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Christine Mwangi

Christine Mwangi | Language and culture | Scoop.it

When Christine Mwangi's family won the U.S. visa lottery, they thought they were the lucky ones. Turns out the United States hit the jackpot when young Christine landed on its shores to become a role model for us all. The young pharmacist shares her story of inspiration and meeting the needs of women where they are.

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Huynh Tran: Receiving and Giving Back

Huynh Tran: Receiving and Giving Back | Language and culture | Scoop.it

It was not an easy decision for Huynh Tran to put down his architect's dream in order to remold himself as a healer. The young Vietnamese refugee worked long hours to put himself, first, through architecture training, then, through medical training. Committed to giving back to the community...

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From Vietnam to Philanthropy
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Lola Audu: Intercultural Real Estate

Lola Audu: Intercultural Real Estate | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Lola Audu is used to creating firsts in her adopted U.S. home. As an
international student in college, she had to teach white administrators
about unintended racism.  As a real estate professional, she became the first black president in the 117-year history of the Grand Rapids
Association of Realtors. [Click to view her interview!]

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Miguelina Quinones: Dominican Roots, Global Teacher

Miguelina Quinones: Dominican Roots, Global Teacher | Language and culture | Scoop.it

It’s a long way from the tropical sunshine of the Dominican Republic to the snowy shores of Lake Michigan. Miguelina Quiñones has made not only a journey of miles but also a journey of emotional discovery to share her story of struggle and acceptance with us. Once an awkward immigrant child herself, she now works in a local school district that could be called the United Nations of the Midwest.

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Nkechy Ezeh: The Critical Importance of Early Childhood Education

Nkechy Ezeh: The Critical Importance of Early Childhood Education | Language and culture | Scoop.it

After moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, Nkechy Ezeh battled the relentless snows of her adopted Michigan and the seeming coldness of the American don't-just-drop-in culture. However, a far greater shock awaited her: learning that despite its wealth of knowledge about early childhood development, Americans weren't applying it to educate the children of our most marginalized families. Listen as an award-winning educator talks about equity in education and her brainchild, the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative.

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Stop Saying “Melting Pot”!

Stop Saying “Melting Pot”! | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Why Americans should stop saying "Melting Pot" … with alternatives going forward.

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U.S. Fourth of July Parade

U.S. Fourth of July Parade | Language and culture | Scoop.it

Independence Day (aka the Fourth of July) is celebrated across the country in many ways. In my town of Allendale, MI (pop. 20,000+), there is a traditional parade. To summarize the experience: families lined the sidewalks with lawn chairs and picnic blankets. They wore red-white-blue clothing and even fancy hats, glasses, and buttons. 

Here are the morning's photos, along with some brief commentary.  I hope this gives a glimpse of small-town American culture for my international readers.

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