Collaboration With Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Families Through Social Bridging

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the rationale for employing social bridging conversations to strengthen collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse families.
  2. acquire theoretical and empirical knowledge about the role of social bridging and its effect on the successful integration of refugee students and their families.
  3. learn about other social bridging experiences to foster home, school, and community partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse families.
  4. learn about the results of an initial evaluation of one such experience held between first year school psychology students and refugee families.


Social bridging with persons outside of ones’ own cultural community can promote the successful adaption of refugee students and families. This presentation will focus on the rationale for and outcomes associated with an empirical evaluation of one such social bridging experience conducted between first-year school psychology graduate students and English language learner refugee family members who were not educated in the United States, but whose children are educated in the United States.



Brigette E. Amidon, University of Denver
Gloria E. Miller, University of Denver
Hongyi Wang, University of Arizona


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