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Social Challenges

Participants at the 2006 Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.

As a foreigner on your campus, you may feel like an "outsider," or you may be under additional stresses because your family is far away. Here are some tips for dealing with social challenges, gathered from your peers.

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Feeling isolated

Any new faculty member can feel isolated, as a result of moving to a new location and working long hours, mostly independently. To overcome these feelings, reach out:

Distance from family

Dealing with racism/ignorance

While you may never have to deal with this kind of intolerance, it's best to be prepared.

Establishing healthy working relationships with students

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