Paige E. Butler, Ed.D., Program Chair & Assistant Professor of International Education Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA
Almendra Staffa-Healey, MBA, Co-Founder & Director of Intercultural Understanding, an intercultural competency development training company based in Madrid, Spain
Janice Abarbanel, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Health Educator focused on Study Abroad and Emerging Adulthood and On-Site Psychologist at NYU’s Berlin Study Abroad Site 2011-2014, from Cambridge, MA
Recent research demonstrates that educators’ (over)use of the language of ‘culture shock’ can result in barriers to students’ coming forward to share their emotional experiences with navigating new cultures, whether encountering cultural difference on or off campus. In lieu of culture shock language, the presenters will discuss alternative frameworks that help create individualized opportunities for students’ emotional adjustments to new cultures. This session proposes a shift away from the long-held assumption that ‘culture shock’ is normal and that “symptoms” of negative emotional health represent a high level of concern. Emotions drive learning, and educators can promote emotional resiliency around difficult topics related to new cultural transitions and critical encounters with culture. This panel discusses how staff, faculty, and students can benefit from learning the language of resilience to connect with students’ emotional experiences with new cultures, with an emphasis on supporting students preparing to study abroad. By moving beyond outdated paradigms that reflect a single path and often an ‘emergency’ approach to students’ emotional transitions, educators can better prepare students to effectively navigate cultural transitions at home and abroad, and thus help students recognize a variety of emotional signals normal to cultural transitions before, during, and after their experiences in new cultural interactions and environments.
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