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1 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

2 Learning Objectives 1.Asking the right questions. 2.Engaging in meaningful conversation. 3.Framing language around common ground.

3 Generational Lense Parent Leaders Baby Boomer Generation X Millennials

4 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.”

5 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 )

6 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 )

7 Volunteering “We were the people who solved problems for the benefit of the school with the principal at the table.”

8 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 )

9 Who Are We? African American Married Grandmothers Community advocates Baby Boomer (b )

10 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.”

11 Who Am I? African American Single Speak 3 languages Teaches English as foreign language 2 nd generation college graduate Born to unmarried parents Generation X (b )

12 Who Am I? African American Unmarried, single mother with 2 children B.A. Candidate Entrepreneur Millennial (b )

13 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.”

14 Shared Leadership Parents Opportunity to learn Global history GratitudeResources Opportunity to service Marketable skills Wisdom/ mentoring Regional Culture

15 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


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