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Forums will each be one hour long and take place on each day of the week prior to the conference weekend. Targeting specific audiences within the FIGT Community, Forums are a unique session type that encourages the building of professional networks. The longer 60-minute format allows for multiple presenters and plenty of discussion.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Forum I
Monday, March 8, 2021

One Home, Two Homes or No Homes? Is a Digital Nomad Life the Future for the Globally Mobile?

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12:00 UTC

Sonia Jaeger, Vivian Chiona, Dominika Miernik and Daniela Tomer

Many people dream of a location-independent life. But what is it really like? Who is it for and how do we make it work? What is like to have no home (or two)? To never settle? How do we find clients? How do we market our businesses internationally? This Morning Forum will discuss the ins and outs of being a digital nomad and the location-independent lifestyle from four very different perspectives. Sonia has been a full-time digital nomad for more than five years. Vivian has two home bases she frequently moves between. Dominika, who considers herself a part-time digital nomad or flexpat, recently discovered that nomadic life might not be as easy as expected. Which is something that Daniela also discovered while taking her location-independent business on the road this summer.

Forum II
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

David C Pollock Scholars

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 01:00 UTC

Karla Fraser, Jacob Huff, Asako Noda, Tracy Oyekanmi, Jessi Vance and Maddie White. Introduced by Matilda Criel

This session will develop on topics surrounding cross-cultural identity development, both within childhood and adulthood. The forum will provide a space for Scholars to discuss and process their impressions of FIGT and where they see the cross-sectional international field grow within the FIGT community. They will provide answers to questions regarding the socio-emotional impact of the expat community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as questions brought forth from FIGT members.

International Education Affiliate First Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 13:00 UTC

Stephen Toole and Aleka Bilan

Join other international school educators for FIGT’s first-ever meeting of the International Education Affiliate. This special interest group is open to anyone working within or with international school communities. This annual meeting will be a facilitated conversation among the educators present to discuss the further direction and needs of members of this affiliate, including brainstorming ideas/topics for three online meetings in the coming year.

Why TCKs Lead the Way in Embracing Diversity and Building Bridges: Research in Practice!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 19:30 UTC

Janneke Muyselaar-Jellema and Monika de Waal

Janneke and Monika will start with research results on how early cross-cultural experiences facilitate the building of positive diversity beliefs through intercultural competences that contribute to effectiveness in organizations and society, then stressing diversity beliefs and intercultural competences in education, moving into practice and discussion with a short questionnaire.

Forum III
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Preparing Students for their Future: Intentionality in Education from High School through Higher Ed and Beyond

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 03:00 UTC

Aleka Bilan, Jason Coates and Tanya Crossman

The world is changing. The number of host-country students in ‘international’ schools has increased, as has the number of universities setting up ‘branch’ campuses around the world. Cross-cultural interactions are exponential in our global lives. The marketability of traditional TCK skills is also on the rise. Learn how four experts in the educational field are helping parents, counselors and university officials prepare students for their transition into adulthood. See how we in the FIGT community can contribute to prepare our youth for creating positive change in the world.

Space Between Breaths

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 09:00 UTC

Carolyn Parse Rizzo

The globally mobile experience brings unique challenges, and at times, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, to become closed and tight as our stress response takes over. Breath awareness and regulation is the base to good health and vitality. This workshop is 80% experiential, designed for anyone who'd like to bring more awareness to their breath or refresh their current practice. We will discuss breath holding patterns, learn how to tune in and listen to the body, and play with the stillness that is the space between breaths. You will be reminded of practical ways to reset, stay engaged, and energize yourself, so that you get the most out of this year’s virtual conference.

"Same Same But Different": A Counseling Center's Journey of Bridging Cultures

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 13:00 UTC

Grace ShimKevin Hamp and Piyaporn (Yui) Sirita

Learn about the struggles and lessons one counseling center is discovering as they move beyond their expat walls into Thai clinical and community services. The reality and richness of differences require commitment, humility, and grace. The session invites you to hear their ongoing journey of seeking unity in diversity, celebrating the unique parts that make up the whole, and pursuing their vision as a multicultural team. In addition, learn about a research-validated assessment tool that is helping the team develop cultural awareness and competence. Lastly, discover the meaning behind the famous Thai colloquial phrase, “Same Same But Different”!

Forum IV
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Creating Impact Through Research – FIGT Research Network Annual Meeting and Networking

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 14:00 UTC (Note: this session will run for 90 minutes)

Sarah Gonzales, Danau Tanu and Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi 

In this forum hosted by the FIGT Research Network, the audience will be guided and empowered to create impact through their research. Our speakers will be providing insights and tips on how to reach a wider audience with your research and to prepare your data for publication. We will also create opportunities for attendees to network and share insights and tips with each other, as well as to discuss and shape the Research Network’s future agenda to better serve researchers and consumers of research. All are welcome to join.

The Well-Being of the TCK and the Continuum of Care

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 15:30 UTC

Mark BurdickSteven DeMille and Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi

A high mobility lifestyle instigates grief and many losses which are habitually suppressed; a defence mechanism that is often detected among expatriate families to protect each family member. This lack of an emotional outlet - within and outside the family - accumulates as unnecessary stress, leading to individual and family maladaptation. Psychological disorders in children and adolescents are particularly concerning as they may disrupt and interfere with healthy interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, and transitioning into the workforce. Which of the psychotherapy interventions are proven to be effective to sustain the well-being of the Third Culture Kids and their families? How should we assist adolescent TCKs to form liaisons with their peer group? Is repatriation exaggerated as the anti-climax of expatriation?

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