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Empowering Communities: A Career Journey in Education Access during Emergencies

Craig Zelizer

October 27, 2023

PCDN is excited to announce the upcoming episode of the Social Change Career Podcast, featuring Dr. Barbara Moser-Mercer, a distinguished expert in the field of Higher Education in Emergencies. Join us on November 29 at 11 am EST for a deeply engaging discussion that delves into the transformative power of education during crises.

Why You Should Tune In:

Gain deep insights into the critical importance of education during emergencies and the transformative impact it has on individuals and communities. Discover the extensive expertise of Dr. Barbara Moser-Mercer in advocating for and implementing education  in emergencies, leveraging the capacities of local actors and stakeholders for sustainable impact on displaced and refugee hosting communities. Explore the diverse career paths available in the field of Education and Higher Education in Emergencies and the opportunities for impactful work.

In This Episode, We'll Dive Into: 

1. Education as a Lifeline: Explore the pivotal role of education for protection and social-emotional well-being for individuals and communities facing emergencies.

2. Empowering Communities: Learn how education empowers communities to overcome challenges and build resilience.

3.Career Insights: Gain valuable insights from Dr. Moser-Mercer's extensive career journey in Higher Education in Emergencies.

4. Communities at the Heart of Change: Discover the importance of engaging communities for impactful change, emphasizing participation, agency, accountability and transparency.

5. Global Impact Insights: Gain insights from a career at the intersection of policy, practice, and research, driving impactful change on a global scale.

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students find their path to impactful careers. For those seeking more support, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format:  The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests. We encourage questions and active participation from the audience.

How to Attend: You can watch the Social Change Career Podcast livestream on LinkedIn & YouTube. If you can't make it live, don't worry! The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted into an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: Join us on November 29 from 11 to 12  pm EST.

Bio: Barbara Moser-Mercer, professor emerita and founder of InZone (University of Geneva), is visiting professor at University of Nairobi, engaged in strengthening African solutions that advance Higher Education in Emergencies (HEiE) and has been coordinating the launch phase of the African Higher Education in Emergencies Network (AHEEN); she is currently also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center researching and working on a book on Higher Education in Emergencies.

Following her initial training as conference interpreter she pursued her studies and research in cognitive psychology, focusing on the development of expertise in complex cognitive skills of bilinguals, both from a cognitive psychology and a cognitive neuro-science perspective. These findings have been instrumental in informing the design and the development of student-centered multilingual digital learning environments and social-emotional learning programs in different fragile contexts. Building on insights and experience in a variety of displacement contexts she has studied, as well as further developed, a viable interface between humanitarian and academic actors conducive to scaling higher education opportunities for displaced youth that benefit both students and their communities and inform education policy in refugee-hosting countries. She has contributed to several working groups of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) including co-chairing the Standards and Practice WG, PSS-SEL WG, Distance Education WG, and the Minimum Standards for Education Update Reference Group.

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