Cultural adaptation: essential for global citizens

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Mojeed is grateful for the expertise of her professors as well. She credits School of Communication and Culture Assoc. Prof. David Black for shaping her interest in international development and globalization.

“Ruth is one of those people who make adaptation to a new culture into an art form. That takes courage, curiosity, a sense of humour and a willingness to reinvent while simultaneously knowing who you are,” says Black. “She has accomplished an astonishing amount since she arrived in Canada. Few of us, be we new to Canada or born here, would find it easy to keep up with Ruth.”

Since arriving in BC, Mojeed has continued her quest to promote cultural understanding and inclusion. She has been involved the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, the Victoria Foundation and the Canadian Public Relations Society – Vancouver Island. She also hosts and produces the Shaw Community Access television show “Community Connect.”

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Remarkably, she managed to juggle her many commitments while also earning a leadership and change management certificate from Harvard University.

In September, she joined the BC public service as a communications coordinator for cabinet priorities for Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE), helping prepare materials for the premier and provincial cabinet.  She says her time at Royal Roads uniquely prepared her for her role.

“It was a mini-BC in my classroom, with different people and backgrounds, and that experience resonates with what I am experiencing in my job,” Mojeed says. “I get this eagle’s eye view of the province and the sensitivities of different groups of people. What I experienced in class plays a huge part in helping me understand how things work in this culturally diverse province.”

Her work to promote diversity and cultural understanding in the region inspired the Victoria African Cultural Society and the city of Victoria to name Mojeed a Black History Month 2018 Laureate.

 “My aspiration is to be able to make real connections and impact people, whether at the community, provincial or global level.

“For me, it’s essentially about being able to contribute, extend opportunities to others and to see societies and communities become even more inclusive. That is my ultimate goal.”

 

Special thanks to Royal Roads University's staff for providing us with this feature. This article was originally published on RRU's website.

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