On Cultural Diversity and Community Visioning

By: Anahit Falihi Falihi  

The small city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, has experienced a sudden and significant growth in the number of immigrants and refugees in the past few years. This growth and the associated resettlement processes brought new challenges that affected the host community as well as the newcomer families themselves as it impacted health and social resilience at all social levels, including family and community. The research explores the perspectives of mid-level leaders from the settlement services, education, community social services, and advocacy sectors on the challenges associated with these sudden demographic changes as they relate to newcomer child and family well-being. This study pays particular attention to the internal and external challenges faced by immigrants and refugees and the most effective means of building capacity through expanding community awareness and responsiveness, leadership development, educational preparedness, culturally responsive resource development, and consistent policies and procedures.

Diversity, Capacity Building, Learning Communities, Leadership Development, Cultural Responsiveness
Community Diversity and Governance
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Anahit Falihi Falihi

Teacher, University of Saskatchewan

Anahit is a visual artist and researcher working in a variety of areas including fine arts, textiles arts, mixed-media arts and digital media arts. Her teaching and research focus are visual communication art, visual literacy, the role of visual studies in society, art education, art history, media art and design, theory and philosophy of visual education, instructional design, theatre and costume design, installation sculpture, experimental fiber art and design, and mix-media production. She has worked with the art departments of several feature films and television series as program coordinator and art director. Anahit who traveled and lived in a variety of countries in Europe and Asia, believes that her works are influenced by variety of cultures. Anahit’s work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Marmara University in Turkey. Currently, She is engaged in teaching and research on critical visuality through her graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.