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Ethnic Tensions in Liberia's National Identity Crisis: Problems and Possibilities
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Analyzes Liberian history to show how ethnic bigotry caused a toxic political, social, and cultural crisis that culminated in its civil wars from 1989 to 2003. Dolo's discussion of theoretical models with practical methods for bridging ethnic difference gives the work widespread relevance in conflict resolution. Illustrated with a diagram of the trans-ethnic relational model (TERM), it is an informative, worthwhile read for all.
BISAC subjects: HISTORY / Africa / West;
|A native of Liberia, Emmanuel T. Dolo earned his bachelor degree in economics and mass communications from the University of Liberia in 1984. He has three graduate degrees: a master of divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, in Due West, South Carolina; a master of science degree from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, with specialties in economic development and non-profit management in 1994; a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in social work from the University of Minnesota, specializing in applied research, refugee mental health, and youth policy in 2003.
After serving as Director of Educational Equity and Integration at South Washington County Schools in Cottage Grove, Minnesota in 2007, Emmanuel Dolo worked for the United Nations on a project in Liberia in 2007-2008. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, and Augsburg, Montreat, and Catawba colleges. Before working in child welfare and mental health, Emmanuel Dolo was pastor of churches in Abbeville and Simpsonville, South Carolina, and assistant pastor and social ministries director for a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Liberia, Emmanuel Dolo was a journalist and political activist. As a student movement leader, he challenged human rights violations Samuel K. Doe's government, was imprisoned, and had his life threatened. He sought exile in the United States. Later, he joined movements advocating the end of Charles Taylor's regime.
Besides employment in academia and the ministry, Dolo has held senior management positions in healthcare and social welfare organizations. He was regional program director for Lifeline Healthcare in Largo, Florida; coordinator of Independent Living Programs at Rowan County Department of Social Services in Salisbury, North Carolina, and program director at Innovative Family Partnerships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before serving South Washington County Schools, he was the principal investigator for Minority Mental Health Research Projects and also administered Children Mental Health Services for Human Services, Incorporated in Oakdale, Minnesota.
Dolo is the author of Democracy Versus Dictatorship: Crisis in Africa's Oldest Republic (University Press of America , 1996). He has written articles for Anthropological Quarterly and the Journal for Social Work Research and Evaluation. A prolific contributing writer, he has articles published in many Web publications, including The Perspective, Front Page Africa, and the Daily Observer. He has also published research reports on many topics: use of mental health resources by new immigrants and refugees; barriers to mental health services for new immigrants and refugees; cultural adaptations of new immigrants and refugees in child welfare and elder care; racism encountered by new immigrants and refugees; housing challenges faced by newer minorities; and behavioral service delivery to hard-to-reach youth populations. His scholarship includes speaking at conferences.
Emmanuel Dolo is also president-chief executive officer of Lifeworks International, a consulting firm that specializes in strategic management, applied research, evaluation, behavioral healthcare, and facilitating professional development opportunities for institutional clients. Through his company, he has consulted for the City of Brooklyn Park in Minnesota, the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) in St. Paul, Minnesota, grantees of the Minnesota Department of Health, including Project Lifeline, and the Intermediate School District in Plymouth, Minnesota. Dolo's consulting has centered on helping K-12 schools, higher education institutions, municipal governments, and private employers to create strategies for building and sustaining inclusive climates.
Emmanuel Dolo, his wife, Aba, and their two children, Phil and Yeliah Bijoux, live in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
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Emmanuel T. Dolo Examines Liberia's Ethnic Issues in his New Book
(PDF) 30 Mar 2008