Today we’re going to talk about all things Cultural Competency, what it is, and my famous 3 C’s to keep us all in check so we can better relate to our community members of color. I can’t wait to share tips on understanding my 3cs of Cultural Competency so you can get to work.
What is Cultural Competency?
Cultural competence is the ability to comprehend, interact, and communicate with individuals regardless of their cultural background. Cultural competency includes:
- An awareness of one’s cultural views.
- Working at and developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences.
- Knowing varying cultural worldviews and practices.
Typically, cultural competency regarding work environments, school systems, or some other kind of organization, where such knowledge is transformed into specific policies, standards, and practices to increase the environment and create better outcomes.
3 Mrs. E’s 3 C’s of Cultural Competency
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” Stephen R. Covey.
1. Remember the term Checking for Understanding when we’re building instruction? The same applies. We need to check our understanding of other cultures,
2. How do you interact with other cultural groups, including immigrant groups?
3. Have you learned from each other who their family is? If their kid plays with your kid at the baseball field?
4. Have you attended a cultural festival with which you don’t identify?
Correct your own bias
1. We all have biases, and we know that there are systems in place in our nation that allow biases to solidify and amplify discrimination.
2. We are all going to step into it. Have you had the feeling, oop, I shouldn’t have said that or, man, why did I ask that question?
3. Researching methods Dr. Maura Cullen “Most times, knowing what is right is the easy part; it is in the doing that tests our courage.”
4. The last C in my method is Connect- By connecting with others who have multiple perspectives than you will help you advocate for them. There are so many hurdles for people of color and people of immigrants that hinder them from living out the American dream. Once you connect, we can speak up and say something.