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Explores some of the essential ingredients for developing cultural competence and provides resources to further explore the topic.
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American Multicultural Studies - Sherrow O. Pinder (Editor)
Call Number: E184.A1 A63 2013
ISBN: 9781412998024
Publication Date: 2012-07-13

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Cultural Intelligence - Brooks Peterson
Call Number: Walsh ebook
ISBN: 9781931930000
Publication Date: 2004-01-04

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Cultural Intelligence - David C. Thomas; Kerr Inkson
Call Number: Walsh ebook
ISBN: 9781576756256
Publication Date: 2009-08-01

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Culture and Dignity - Laura Nader
Call Number: DS36.8 .N324 2013
ISBN: 9781118319000
Publication Date: 2012-11-28

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Dialogs on Diversity and Global Education - Mirja-Tytti Talib (Editor); Jyrki Loima (Editor)
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9783631588062
Publication Date: 2009-11-11


Framework for Discussing Cultural Competence


Developing cultural competence is part of a process that also involves awareness of cultural characteristics, realization that cultural attitudes can be changed and refraining from assigning values to differences that exist between cultures. Completing these stages lays important groundwork because successful culturally competent interaction requires participants to share the responsibility of adaptation. A culturally competent group creates an inclusive process that aligns policies and practices with specific goals.

Essential Ingredients:

  • Valuing diversity
  • Developing self-awareness (see Thandie Newton's TedTalk below)
  • Understanding the dynamics of difference
  • Institutionalizing cultural knowledge
  • Adapting to diversity

From: Building Culturally Competent Organizations by Tim Brownlee and Kien Lee


Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

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