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Parents as Leaders Cross Cultural Communication: Bringing Diverse Groups Together Facilitated by Wenonah Valentine, MBA Saturday, March 6, 2010 Edison Elementary School Altadena, CA 91001
Learning Objectives • Asking the right questions. • Engaging in meaningful conversation. • Framing languagearound common ground.
Culture “Approach every person as a human, not as culture. Everyone comes with an imprint. And I want to know about your family instead of lumping people together.”
Who Am I? • Born in Guyana, South America • Lived in U.S. 5 years • English-speaking • Single mother with 13-year old and 10-year old children. • Community college student and employed • Generation X (b. 1963-1980)
Who Am I? • Born in Mexico • Lived in U.S. 7 years • Children are American citizens • English learner • Married • Involved in children’s school • Millennial (b. 1981-2002)
Volunteering “We were the people who solved problems for the benefit of the school with the principal at the table.”
Who Are We? • White couple, married no children • African American, unmarried with 16-year-old son • Scholars • Research interest in families and children • Generation X (b. 1963-1980)
Who Are We? • African American • Married • Grandmothers • Community advocates • Baby Boomer (b. 1946-1962)
Assumptions “Making mistakes and being corrected comes along with the territory…especially when you do not have a clue about cultural nuances. Encourage the conversation and provide an educational experience.”
Who Am I? • African American • Single • Speak 3 languages • Teaches English as foreign language • 2nd generation college graduate • Born to unmarried parents • Generation X (b. 1963-1980)
Who Am I? • African American • Unmarried, single mother with 2 children • B.A. Candidate • Entrepreneur • Millennial (b. 1981-2002)
Parenting “There is no color when it comes to parenting. We want the best for our children. We support and value and celebrate our culture and language. But when it comes to our children, we have the same interest.”
Data Sources Quotes: • Slide 4: Jack E. Turman, Jr., PhD • Slide 7: Peggy Sisson, MA • Slide 10: Peggy Sisson, MA and Gloria Sanchez-Rico, RN, MBA • Slide 13: Teri Knowlton, RN Photography: • PBP Archives