Conference Themes

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations features research addressing the following annual themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Belonging
  • Theme 2: Education and Learning in a World of Differences
  • Theme 3: Organizational Diversity
  • Theme 4: Community Diversity and Governance
  • 2019 Special Focus - Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience

2019 Conference Chair

Eugenia Arvanitis, Assistant Professor of Interculturality & Diversity in Education, University of Patras, Greece

Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis is Assistant Professor of Interculturality & Diversity in Education at the University of Patras, Greece. She teaches at the Post Graduate Program "LRM Language Education for Refugees and Migrants" of the Hellenic Open University. Dr. Arvanitis has worked for a number of divisions in the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (2006-2012), and she has been involved in policy development for intercultural, adult, and immigrant education (e.g. drafting working papers and expressions of interest for major national programs funded by the European Commission through the National Strategic Framework of Reference).

Dr. Arvanitis lived for a decade in Australia gaining valuable experience in multicultural educational and ethnic language maintenance policies. Her PhD research involved an in-depth analysis of teaching practices and educational policies in Australia in the late 1990s with particular emphasis on Greek language classes and after-hours schools in Victoria. During 2001-2004, she was coordinator of the Greek Language and Cultural Studies Program (BA International Studies) at the School of International and Community Studies, RMIT University and the Manager of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Center at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Since 2015, Eugenia has coordinated the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning at the University of Patras, Greece, which attracts funding from Greek organizations and the European Commission. She also acts as an Intercultural Expert at the Intercultural Cities Network, a world-wide program run by the Council of Europe. Eugenia was a visiting researcher and scholar at the National Europe Center, Australian National University, and the Fulbright Foundation at the University of Illinois (2017). She is an Associate & Research Partner in several scientific organisations such as PASCAL International Observatory, the International Association for Intercultural Education, the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), and the University of Illinois (Common Ground: Scholar & Learning by Design project teams). In recent years, she has focused on the dissemination of the Learning by Design. She supports the web based platforms ‘Nea Mathisi’ and 'Scholar,' which support professional and intercultural learning in school-based activities. This has involved collaborative work with a number of other Greek academics, school administrators, and teachers to co-design and evaluate a set of interactive WEB2 tools aimed at developing cutting edge pedagogical practices that enhance leaner performance and intercultural capacities of both teachers and students.

Plenary Speakers

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Maria Gindidis

Maria Gindidis

Lecturer, Department of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

"Many Faces, Many Voices: Honouring Voice and Visibility through Transmedia/Experiential Story Telling – The Refugee Experience in Australian Schools"

George Androulakis

George Androulakis

Professor, Department of Primary Education, and Director, Greek Language and Multilingualism Lab, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

"Developing Culturally Responsive and Effective Language Skills for Adult Refugees' Well-being"

Soula Mitakidou

Soula Mitakidou

Professor, Department of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

"Unpacking the Refugee Experience: The Educational Challenge"

Eleni Skourtou

Eleni Skourtou

Professor, Department of Primary Education, and Director, Language, Literature and Folks Culture Lab, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

Alexandra Androusou

Alexandra Androusou

Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Community Representatives and Panel Members

Refugee Panel

The Refugee Panel will be held during the Pre-Conference Community Tour and Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning. The panel will feature representatives from refugee camps and various local government authorities.

Panel Opening:

  • Efthymios Kotzas, Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Greece

Moderator:

  • Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis, Assistant Professor of Interculturality & Diversity in Education, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Panelists:

  • Dr. Stathis Balias, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Petros Giannakopoulos, Deputy Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Greece
  • Grigoris Alexopoulos, Deputy Prefecturer, Western Greece
Border Crossing Narratives Panel

The Border Crossing Narratives Panel will feature academics and experts who will discuss the 2019 Special Focus, "Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience."

Moderator:

  • Dr. Amalia Ifanti, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Panelists:

  • Dr. Vasiliki Chryssanthopoulou, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Dr. Giorgos Tsimouris, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
  • Dr. Maurizio Ambrosini, Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Dr. Jackie Huggins, Australia
Diversity Panel

The Diversity Panel will be held during one of the conference tours, Option A: Visit to Community Migrant Group of Patras. Representatives from various universities in Greece will discuss current challenges of intercultural and refugee education.

Panel Host:

  • Nikos Papageorgiou, KINISI/STEKI Voluntary Committee, Greece

Moderators:

  • Dr. Julia-Athena Spinthouthakis, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Dr. Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States

Panelists:

  • Dr. Roula Tsokalidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Dr. George Nikolaou, University of Patras, Greece
Diversity in Music

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations will feature local artists and students of the University of Patras performing a diverse repertoire of ethnic music.

  • Georgia Parparousi, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Ariadni Kouzeli, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

2019 Advisory Committee

  • Achilleas Kameas, Hellenic Open University, Greece
  • Amalia Ifanti, University of Patras, Greece
  • Anastasia Kesidou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Angelo Tramoundanis, National Centre of Social Research, Greece
  • Aspasia Chatzidaki, University of Crete, Greese
  • Christos Govaris, University of Thessaly, Greese
  • Chryssi Vitsilaki, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Eugenia Arvanitis, University of Patras, Greece (Conference Chair)
  • Georgia Parparousi, University of Patras, Greece
  • Gerasimos Koustourakis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Giorgos Mavromatis, University of Thrace, Greece
  • Giorgos Nikolaou, University of Patras, Greece
  • Giorgos Panagiotopoulos, Technological Institute of Western Greece
  • Kostas Magos, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Kostas Tsioumis, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Maria Kabeza, University of Patras, Greece
  • Maria Papadopoulou, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Maria Poulou, University of Patras, Greece
  • Marina Tzakosta, University of Crete, Greece
  • Nektaria Palaiologou, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
  • Nektarios Stellakis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Nikos Fotopoulos, University of Peloponnese, Greece
  • Pandelis Kyprianos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Roula Tsokalidou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Stathis Balias, University of Patras, Greece
  • Vasileia Kazoulli, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Vasiliki Chryssanthopoulou, University of Athens, Greece

Conference Partner

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