MOVING THE IMMIGRANT CHILD FROM THE VIOLENCE OF CULTURAL UPROOTING TO THE EMPOWERMENT OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Immigrant children entering schools in host countries encounter culture shock as they struggle to assimilate new languages, customs, and systems of learning. In most cases, the accompanying isolation, loneliness, and exhaustion do violence to children’s personalities and their education. Dr. Cristina Igoa, long-time Notre Dame friend, teacher, author, international speaker and an immigrant herself, has entered the inner world of these children, successfully engaging students, parents, and colleagues in bringing about change in this scenario.
During the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2013 in New York City, the Sisters of Notre Dame will present Cristina and a panel of students, teachers and administrators who will share stories about how Cristina’s creative methodology, including simple filmstrips, enables students to conquer the frustration of being strangers in a new land, succeed in school, and learn to live in the richness of two cultures. For more information, go to www.cristinaigoa.com