Korean Student Identity Programs

Please find below, dates and time for two presentations on Korean students.  All are welcome to attend. Please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) for more information.  OMA can be reached at 401-277-4957.

Session A: Wed, March 10, 2010 – 6:30 -7:30 pm. Location: College Building RM 412
Session B: Wed, March 17, 2010 – 4:45 – 6:30pm. Location: College Building RM 521.

Both sessions are geared toward academic and studio contexts and open to faculty and staff.  Session A is very similar to the session that Aleta Bok Johnson conducted on campus 2 years ago and could be considered an ‘introduction’ session.  Session B will bet more detailed and delve into the considerations necessary in developing this cohort and the range of options available to those who teach and assist Korean students.

The purpose of the discussion is to provide faculty with a deeper understanding of Korean (primarily international) student identity, academic adjustment to and assimilation factors when Koreans attend US higher education institutions, and ways to understand and maximize Korean student performance and integration.  These sessions will incorporate scholarship and experiences to specifically address how Korean students navigate within ‘Western’ college academic settings and what faculty can do or know that strengthens the class / studio outcome for all students. This session will go into detail regarding classroom and studio strategies that facilitate the academic process.

Presenter Bio:
Aleta Bok Johnson is a second-generation Korean_American psychotherapist with 20 years clinical experience.  She has worked in Private Practice for 20+ years, and been part-time at Brown University for 13 years, where she specialized in the areas of ethnic and cultural identity and anxiety disorders, topics in which she has published scholarly articles regarding clinical practice. She has been a featured presenter on topics of culture and psychological adjustment at Yale University, Brown University, NYU, Columbia University, and Boston University, and has provided workshops on Asian-American college students at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, and at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators annual national conference.  She has been a featured presenter at the American Association of Anxiety Disorders national conference, the American Psychological Association’s Conference on Women, and the Diversity Challenge annual conference on racial identity at Boston College.  She is a graduate of Boston University School of Social Work from which she earned her MSW degree in 1986.

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