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The Pivotal Role of International Schools in the Healthy Development of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Dr. Josephine M. Kim

8 JUN 2022


One's cultural identity and cultural experiences alter how individuals view their world, and schools with its primary components of curriculum, teaching, and learning are a major socio-cultural venue through which students learn to see themselves in the world and make sense of who they are. Schools are a microcosm of the greater society, and disparities found in representation, inclusion, and sense of belonging determine the outcomes of students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This session will present historical and contextual considerations that will inform the positionality of educators in international schools and will examine the relationship between the cultural identity development of students and its relationship to international schools.

About Facilitator:

Dr. Josephine M. Kim is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former faculty director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is an affiliated faculty at the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leader, she steers equity and anti-racist practices of senior executives in nonprofit organizations, corporations, and schools and creates award-winning pipeline programs that increase the representation of underrepresented minority groups. She is an internationally known speaker and consultant who lends her expertise on cross-cultural, diversity and inclusion, mental health, and anti-racist leadership to media sources, organizations, corporations, and schools in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. She is a DEI Expert in the University Managers Training Executive Series at the Center for Workplace Development and a former resident fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program at the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University. She is an expert in diversity and inclusion training design focused on anti-racism in the workplace at the United Nations and a Diversity Scholar at the National Center for Institutional Diversity.