Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.
Delegates from all over the world who attended the Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations.
The Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
Assia was born in Pakistan but raised and educated in West Yorkshire. She studied at Oxford specialising in Theology (BTH HONS) and has 16 years of teaching and training experience working across the education sector; FE, HE and Secondary. Assia has been a key player in raising awareness through innovative approaches and strategies around the themes of inclusion, integration and the Prevent (Prevention of Violent Extremism) Agenda at a local, national and international level. Read more...
Marcus Colchester is English and received his doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Forest Peoples Programme. Marcus has over 35 years’ experience working with forest peoples in the humid tropics. Read more...
Jose Luis Ortega Martin is a principal lecturer at the University of Granada (TEFL), and was formerly vice dean in charge of International Relations from 2004 to 2008. He has served as the head of in-service training at UGR from 2011 to 2015, and was the head teacher of a private school in Granada from 1994 to 2003, as well as the external evaluator of the Spanish Agency for the Quality on University Studies (ANECA). Read more...
For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2016 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.
Bianca Mercedes Anderson is a passionate educator with expertise in communication, curriculum development, and racial equity. Anderson utilizes her unique skill set and innovative teaching techniques to create a classroom environment that motivates and challenges her students, while fostering trust and building relationships. She strives to effectively equip her students with tools that encompass both social justice and social emotional learning. As a teacher for more than seven years, she has become well-versed in collaborating with fellow educators, parents, and members of the community to ensure that her students receive a transformational educational experience. As the middle school Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Greenhill School, she continually advocates for students, and advises her colleagues regarding strategies that they can implement to effectively meet the needs of a diverse community of learners. Anderson loves children and enjoys creating environments in which every child feels safe, smart, and significant.
Christiana Chau was born in Shanghai, China, brought up in Hong Kong, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Griffith University in Australia. Her specific interests include ageing population, cultural competency, and integrating the Biomedical model with the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach. She practises Chinese medicine, dietary therapy, craniosacral therapy, and pastoral counselling. She has also conducted health promotion workshops as a public speaker in Brisbane and Singapore. Chau has received multidisciplinary training by acquiring various academic degrees including a Bachelor of Applied Science in Built Environment, Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition, Graduate Diploma of Training and Development, Master of Social Science, Master of Education in Early Childhood, and a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture.
Beatriz López completed both her degree in translation and interpreting (2012) and her Master's degree in secondary education, vocational training and language teaching (2015) at the University of Granada. It was from her experience of teaching in different contexts that she became deeply interested in students with specific learning difficulties, especially dyslexia. In fact, her Master dissertation, entitled “On a Dyslexic Student's Shoes,” deals with the challenges that these individuals face when learning a foreign language. Her future research is aimed at implementing the multisensory structured language approach in a group of Spanish learners of English to prove its effectiveness compared to traditional teaching.
Donlisha Moahi is a PhD student in the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape South Africa, where she completed her BA in visual arts (visual communication design) and Masters in Visual Art (art education). She was a recipient of the Strategic Merit Award in her academic career. Moahi holds a teaching diploma from Hillside Teachers’ College, Zimbabwe. Her professional experience includes teaching art at Junior Secondary School in Botswana. Having relocated from Zimbabwe to Botswana and studying in South Africa, she has developed an interest in understanding values and processes behind the framing, claiming, and realizing of rights. Her research explores visual art as a learning platform to negotiate social and cultural meanings, as well as inform understandings of self.
Passionate for foreign languages and cultures, Alberto Quevedo Ortiz completed a Bachelor degree in translation and interpreting at the University of Granada and spent an academic year as an Erasmus student at London Roehampton University. Afterwards, his first job in the field of education was as a Spanish language assistant in Oxfordshire (UK). Thanks to this experience, he decided to study a MA degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, which he completed in 2015. He is currently working on his second MA degree in teaching English as a foreign language as well as completing an internship in a secondary and upper secondary school in Granada.
Tatjana Portnova is PhD Student at the University of Granada in the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences, and her research is on the impact of creativity on language learning. She is working as a creative writing teacher at the University of Granada's Cultural Center - Casa de Porras. She is also a Russian language teacher at the University of Granada's Russian Center. Her interest in learning and teaching languages led her to work on a project based on a creative writing program designed to improve writing skills for students learning English, Spanish, or Russian as a second language.
Regina Quero Hermosilla is a PhD student of didactics of language teaching at the University of Granada, and focuses on higher studies of foreign language with a specialization in research, innovation, and didactics intervention of foreign languages. She is a member of the bilingual project “The Effects of Bilingual Programs in an Educational Center,” for the British Council in collaboration with the University Administration for the Guarantee of Quality at the University of Granada, as well as the Spanish government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. Hermosilla is an author of various articles and presentations, a member of the System of Scientific Information of Andalusia, and of a research group of Didactics of Language and Literature at the University of Granada.
Sonia Peña Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in English language and a master’s degree in teacher training in secondary and upper secondary education, vocational training, and languages. She he also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and education research and a certification in innovation. Currently she is in the third year of her doctoral studies in education at the University of Granada. She really enjoys learning and sharing information about different cultures and languages.
Silvia Corral Robles is currently a doctoral student at the University of Granada where she is working on a comparative study of CLIL and Non-CLIL Spanish learners of English focused on their written competence. She earned a degree in English philology from the University of Granada in 2012. Within the two years that followed, she completed both her master's degree in teacher training in secondary and upper secondary education, vocational training and languages (2013), and her master’s degree in research and innovation (2014). Since 2015 she has been teaching private English and French lessons at a private language school in Granada.
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