A Unique Minority Experience with the Other.

Rooke, Robin
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How do you react when faced with someone who is different from you? How are your identity, culture and sense of belonging affected by such meetings? Mobility between countries has increased these confrontations with you and a member of the other. You have to work with them, whether they are students or colleagues, you have a common goal of advancing learning. How do you adjust to the newness of this person's way of being? At Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, our traditionally French-speaking Catholic institution had known a fairly homogenous existence since 1871. How times have changed. In 2007-2008, 19% of our student body come from outside of Canada. This presentation will lay out how the teaching staff of our institution is adapting to the diverse faces in their classrooms.

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CONAHEC's 12th North American Higher Education Conference - Monterrey 2008
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference!

North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.

Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world.

Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today.