Dolores Rafter Arévalo, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Education & Engagement, and DISSA
Director, Global Programs & International Student Services
Office Phone: 215-881-7541
Office Location: Conference Center, Room 10

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Research/Creative Interests and Innovations:

Decision-making involving interracial couples concerning their children’s education; the “Sojourn Experience” as it pertains to international education and in particular the study abroad experience. Peacebuilding processes as they pertain to the study abroad experience.

Member of the consulting team to the West Chester University DNA Diversity Discussion project.

Selected publications/exhibitions/performances list:

Intercultural Communication in the 21st Century: A Peacebuilding Perspective (for publication in 2012), Wadsworth Publishing. The textbook will introduce a peacebuilding model of intercultural communication based on the most current theory and research on cultural identity and cultural differences in worldviews. Remland, M; Foeman, A.; Rafter Arévalo, D. & Jones, T.

Coping Strategies for Interracial Couples Making Decisions about Children’s Education, Iowa Journal of Communication, vol. 40, No. 2, Spring 2008. Lawton, B;  Rafter Arevalo, D; Brown, L & Foeman, A.

Teaching Interests and courses taught:

Lived and taught English as a Second Language in Valencia, Spain, for 3 years
Lived and taught English as a Second Language in Tokyo, Japan, for 2 years
Intercultural Communication, Communication & Culture, Conflict, Public speaking, Small Group Communication

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors:

Invited Lectures: La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica

(35th Anniversary of the Founding of the University)

Conflict & Intercultural Communication
Diversity in the United States
Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication 

The Sojourn Experience American Values and Patterns of Communication in the Workplace
Invited Keynote Speaker: National Japanese High School Teachers Association, Osaka, Japan