Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. In practice, both individuals and organizations can be culturally competent. It can also refer to such characteristics as age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, income level, education, geographical location, or profession. Cultural competence means to be respectful and responsive to the health beliefs and practices—and cultural and linguistic needs—of diverse population groups.
It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry.
What Does it Mean for Educators? These scholars emphasize the need for educators to provide an environment of respect and reciprocity of ideas. They illustrate how the ability for educators to learn how to teach students from different backgrounds is critical to the success of the educational system.
The researchers presented in this video offer their insights into the impact cultural competence can have on closing achievement gaps. They recognize how student outcomes can be improved by incorporating racial and ethnic minority contributions in curriculum and diversifying pedagogical practices.
They see cultural competence as both a moral and ethical responsibility to create a welcoming environment for students to succeed. The impact of having educators who have the ability to challenge and motivate diverse student populations can dramatically improve our educational system and student outcomes.
What Teachers Should Know by Yvonne Pratt-Johnson A brief and effective look at the opportunities for communicating with diverse students and their families that goes beyond bridging language differences to truly understanding where students are coming from.
Take a look at this guidance for incorporating culturally competent strategies for a school-wide approach to student success.In the one-course model, there is a stand-alone course in multicultural counseling, and in the infusion model, multicultural counseling competencies are infused throughout the curriculum and included in each course that counseling students take as part of their degree program.
The Development of Multicultural Competencies Major Objective To identify the competencies necessary for multicultural awareness, knowl-edge, and skills cially multicultural competence, is not easy, but leaders need to aspire to competence to be effective in a multicultural environment.
Discuss why multicultural competency is important. Explain the roles of self-assessment and self-awareness and their relationship to multicultural competency. Describe the major dimensions of marginalization and oppression. AMCD Multicultural Counseling Competencies I.
Counselor Awareness of Own Cultural Values and Biases A. Attitudes and Beliefs 1. Culturally skilled counselors believe that cultural self-awareness and sensitivity to one's own.
In some multicultural competency courses, students at the beginning of the course tend to evaluate themselves high on multicultural competency.
They often believe that they have no biases or have had frequent interracial or intercultural contact and so, based on this contact, they do not believe they are susceptible to bias and distortion. What is the difference between "cultural knowledge," "cultural awareness," "cultural sensitivity," and "cultural competence?" The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is an example of a culturally-competent organization (The President's Initiative on Race, ).