Cultural Competency: More Than Flags, Foods, and Festivals

When we talk about being culturally competent, many of us think about “celebrating diversity.” What if there was more to it than that? What if you could start looking at the world with an eye towards being more aware, not only of other people but also of yourself?

Developing cultural competency includes examining our own biases and developing the willingness to learn and be educated from a different point of view. In addition, it involves examining our societal rituals, roles, and values with the acknowledgment that other people have other ways of thinking, doing and believing.

Being culturally competent can help with your ability to interact successfully with all kinds of people. In this presentation you will cultivate your ability to understand, communicate with, and interact with people across cultures.

Objectives: Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between celebrating diversity and being culturally competent
  • Describe the four components of cultural competency
  • Utilize practical, hands-on information that they can apply to their professional relationships immediately

Sample Agenda:  

  • THINKING, FEELING, AND DOING
    • What we learn about other cultures is a key entry point for becoming culturally competent
    • How we think about other people and their cultural expressions and values
    • What we feel about other people and their cultural expressions and values
  • WHAT MAKES UP CULTURE?
    • Even within our own culture, or values and beliefs differ greatly
    • Culture is more than just values and beliefs–it involves a host of tangible and intangible variables including: Personal Identification /
      Language / Thoughts / Communications / Actions / Customs / Beliefs / Values / Institutions
  • 4 COMPONENTS OF CULTURAL COMPETENCY
    • Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview
    • Attitude towards cultural differences
    • Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
    • Cross-cultural Skills
  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
    • Practical tips for increasing your own cultural competency

Length
90 minutes to half day

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