What is a Third Culture Kid?

“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”... (more)

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Dr. Ruth Hill Useem
Honors & Awards

"Distinguished Contributions to the Profession Award," by the North Central Sociological Association

"Award as a Distinguished Scholar in International Educational, Cultural and Scientific Affairs," by the International Society for Educational, Cultural and Scientific Interchange.

"Award for Excellence and Support for the Goals of Professional Women" by the Michigan State University Faculty Women's Association

"Senior Fellow" at the East-West Center. Honolulu, Hawaii

Mortar Board

Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, World Who's Who of Women

"Award for Research in International Educational Exchange," by the Council on International Educational Exchange

"40th Anniversary Honoree for Research on International Exchange of Scholars & Students," by the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs.

"1987 Lee Founders Award for Significant Achievements over a Distinguished Career," by the Society for the Study of Social Problems.



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