Plenary Speakers

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

"Diversity as a Lifetime Theory Making Process: The Scholar's Voice"

Alexandra Androusou

Alexandra Androusou

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

"Children on the Move: Education as a Transitional Process"

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, Greece

Panelists:

  • Dr. Maurizio Ambrosini, Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan, Italy
  • Dr. Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou, University of Athens, Greece
  • Dr. Jackie Huggins, AM FAHA, Historian and Author, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Australia
  • Dr. Giorgos Tsimouris, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
Museum Presentation on Diversity

"Archaeological Museum of Patras Hugs Diversity"

The Museum Presentation on Diversity will be held on the second day of the conference. The presentation will feature representatives from the Archaeological Museum of Patras.

  • Koutsoumbeliti L., MSc Archaeologist
  • Manolopoulou G., MSc Museologist
  • Kotsaki Al., MA Conservator of Antiquities
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. Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States
  • Dr. Julia-Athena Spinthouthakis, University of Patras, Greece

Panelists:

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

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations will feature local student artists from the University of Patras performing a diverse repertoire of ethnic music during the Conference Welcome Reception.

  • Ioannis – Eirinaios Bebelis
  • Sofia Douklia
  • Penny Georgopoulou
  • Ariadni Kouzeli
  • Georgia Parparousi (coordinator)

2019 Preliminary Conference Program

We're happy to share the schedule of sessions for the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. We update the schedule on a weekly basis, so please make sure to check back regularly, as the schedule is subject to change. If you've recently registered but are not yet scheduled, your presentations should appear here within the next week. Because this is a draft schedule, you may be the only paper currently in your session; don't be concerned—we'll include more papers as we update the schedule.