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FYS 101: Cultural Competence & Humility
This guide is designed to support new students to SU.
To date, there is no one definition of cultural competence as definitions have evolved from diverse perspectives, interests and needs. One definition is known as the Cross Framework, which defines cultural competence as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations (Cross et al., 1989).
Being culturally competent is a continual process that involves an ongoing critical examination of one’s attitudes, awareness, knowledge and skills in order to negotiate cross-cultural differences to complete tasks and/or create positive living, learning and working environments (NC State University Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity).
Cultural competence encompasses:
being aware of one’s own world view
developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences
gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views
developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Lum explains how clients and workers can become culturally competent and proficient by working through culturally based problems together. He emphasizes cultural competence as a dialogical process and challenges students and professors to continue the conversation to achieve greater mutual understanding and social justice.
This book raises fundamental questions about the purpose of schooling in changing societies. Bringing together an intergenerational group of prominent educators and researchers, this volume engages and extends the concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy - teaching that perpetuates and fosters linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation
Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: "What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance." The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling.
In this compelling and timely book, Hill shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It's crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.
What is Cultural Humility?
The concept of cultural humility was developed by Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-Garcia in 1998 to address inequities in the healthcare field. It is now used in many fields, including education, public health, social work, and library science, to increase the quality of interactions between workers and their diverse community members. Cultural humility goes beyond the concept of cultural competence to include:
A personal lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique
Recognition of power dynamics and imbalances, a desire to fix those power imbalances and to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy (a.k.a. Iroquois or Five Nations Confederacy) encompasses the sovereign Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and later the Tuscarora nations. Haudenosaunee means "people who build" or "people of the longhouse." The Mohawk are the Keepers of the Eastern Door, the Onondaga are the Keepers of the Central Fire, and the Seneca are the Keepers of the Western Door.
Skä•noñh Center is an educational collaborative that includes representatives of OHA, the Onondaga Nation, Syracuse University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lemoyne College, Onondaga Community College, and Empire State College has been formed to create the content for the new facility.
The confederacy, made up of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas was intended as a way to unite the nations and create a peaceful means of decision making. Through the confederacy, each of the nations of the Haudenosaunee are united by a common goal to live in harmony.
The Indigenous Education Institute (IEI) was created for the preservation and contemporary application of traditional Indigenous knowledge.The mission and goals were developed in order to provide awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity in the world today
The Onondaga Nation lies in the middle of the Haudenosaunee territory and is also known as the Central Fire.
Cultural Competence and Humility Resources: Videos
Cultural Competence and Humility Resources: Podcasts
These podcasts seek to break cultural barriers and invite listeners to hear real human stories. These podcasts fight against the dehumanization of people from other backgrounds and cultures, and they do it through storytelling.
Every immigrant has a story, and it’s important to tell the human stories that immigration impacts. This is the primary message behind Matt Horton’s compelling and ongoing podcast, Status. Encouraging listeners to further understand the complexities of immigration through moving first-person narratives, we love every compelling and educational episode of this audio series.
Hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Maraji, journalists of color, blend humor and serious discussion to tackle tough topics with honest analysis that is both educational and enjoyable. If you listen to be challenged, you’ll come away a little more conscious of the diverse cultures, viewpoints, and experiences represented by people in the United States and around the world.
NPR’s award-winning Latino USA shares stories, interviews, and the latest news about Latino culture from the Latino perspective, specifically as it relates to life in the USA. Hosted by Maria Hinojosa, this weekly podcast is thought-provoking, educational, and an imperative listen to further cultural awareness.
For more than two decades, The Moth has been creating a space for people from around the world to share their true and unscripted stories in front of a live audience. With an archive dating back to 2008, The Moth Podcast is one of the best places to tune in for captivating stories that remind us to love others and celebrate humanity.