Seeking Oneness in a World of Difference: Engaging with Diversity

By Colleen Anne Kawalilak.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper explores the power and potential of dialogue when individuals authentically commit to valuing 'relationships of difference'. Engaging with difference, however, requires a shift in the dominant Western paradigm.

Keywords: Dialogue, Adult Education, Diversity, Oneness, Relationships of Difference

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.002KB).

Dr. Colleen Anne Kawalilak

Although Canada is my home, I love to travel. My doctoral research was conducted in Western Australia (2003). I explored, through dialogue with adult educators and adult learners (all working or studying within Indigenous settings), alternate perspectives on adult education and lifelong learning. I was invited to conduct my research in an Indigenous community in Western Australia and this was both an honour and a privilege. My research and publishing interests include: global/holistic perspectives on adult education — lifelong learning; international education initiatives; workplace learning; alternate knowledge acquisition traditions; narrative methodologies; faculty development; community development; and spirituality in adult education settings. I have travelled extensively, presenting at conferences and working in the Yukon, North West Territories, Australia (New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territories); Cuba and Finland. My research at the present time focuses on the critical importance of cross-cultural dialogue in the creation of safe space, as a foundation for teaching, learning and creating community. I have experienced the power of cross-cultural dialogue in online, blended and in f2f (face-to-face) learning environments. I am passionate about adult education and am deeply committed to participating in the ongoing discourse on the co-creation of inclusive, holistic world-views.

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