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Diaspora comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "a scattering or sowing of seeds." Today, the term is used to refer to ethnic populations who were forced to leave their homelands yet maintain connections with their heritage. Their story is our country’s history. Many United States communities are home to such populations, but too often, these communities do not readily embrace new residents due to cultural, language, and social differences.

Teachers Lead the Way to Student Success

With support from the Ford Foundation, Excelsior College partnered with schools struggling with the challenges presented by diasporic populations. Together, we explored the problems teachers face in the classroom and the promise of new approaches. This is a discussion we intend to continue with this Web site.

The Ford Foundation has funded initiatives that strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement for over 70 years. Excelsior College, with its record of service to minority students, is proud to have the opportunity to support the Ford mission by teaching strategies to help immigrant families succeed in their new schools and communities.

Embracing social change is never easy. Acknowledging and overcoming prejudice is even more difficult. Yet, the future of our country depends upon it. Please explore the Taking Root Web site, incorporate this information into your teaching, and contact us with new ideas.