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Infusing Cultural Competency in Professional/Technical Programs . Workforce Education Council Yakima 2007. Dr. Victor Chac ón , presenter. Agenda. What is “culture”? Define “cultural competence” Demographic change in WA state Diversity in Workforce Education How to meet the challenges.

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infusing cultural competency in professional technical programs

Infusing Cultural Competency in Professional/Technical Programs

Workforce Education Council

Yakima 2007

Dr. Victor Chacón, presenter

agenda
Agenda
  • What is “culture”?
  • Define “cultural competence”
  • Demographic change in WA state
  • Diversity in Workforce Education
  • How to meet the challenges
goals
Goals
  • Become aware of culture, cultural difference
  • Recognize “cultural competence” benchmarks
  • Dispel idea of one cultural “norm” or standard
why the fuss about culture
Why the fuss about culture?
  • Serious demographic change in WA state
  • CC student population base is ‘morphing’
  • Democratic, moral & ethical issue
  • Business case for diversity
    • Need to adapt to different client & customer base in community workforce areas
    • Dollars drive policy
    • State and federal dollars dictate programs be inclusive, diversified, welcoming
what is culture
What is “culture?”

Culture: Learned, sharedvalues, beliefs, behaviors in -

  • Thought
  • Behavior
  • Customs
  • Communication
  • Institutions
what is cultural competence
What is ‘cultural competence?’

“A set of behaviors, attitudes and policies shared by a group of individuals that allows them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.”

-- National Alliance for Hispanic Health

construct of culture
Construct of Culture

Age

Education

Religion

Culture

Work backgrnd

Marital status

Race

Ethnicity

Sexual

Orientation

Class

Gender

Military experience

Ability/Disability

Geographic location

projected growth in minority school age population 2000 2030

Hispanic

Two or More Races

API

Black

AIAN

Key

White = White, Non-Hispanic

Two or More Races: Non-Hispanic

Hispanic = Hispanic/Latino

AIAN = American Indian and Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic

API = Asian and Pacific Islander , Non-Hispanic

Black = Black or African American, Non-Hispanic

Projected Growth in Minority School-Age Population2000 - 2030

Source: Office of Financial Management, U.S. Census Bureau (Census 2000)

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Population Profile 2007

Latino Hispanic population-U.S.

300 million people nationally

45 million Hispanics in U.S.

Hispanics 15% of total U.S. population

Latino Hispanic population-Washington State

6.2 million people in Washington state

565,000 Hispanics in Washington state

Hispanics 9% of total WA population

U.S. Census Bureau

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Cultural Iceberg

Celebrations

Food

Heroes

Values

History

Heritage

Thought

Attitude

Behavior

Language

what is ethnocentrism
What is ethnocentrism?
  • Making false assumptions about others based solely on one’s personal experience
  • Believing one’s ways are the “norm”
  • Believing one’s ways are superior to others’
  • Judging other groups as inferior
  • Problem: we don’t know that we don’t know !
continuum intercultural sensitivity
Continuum: Intercultural Sensitivity

Minimization

Denial

Integration

Adaptation

Defense

Acceptance

Milton Bennett, Ph.D., ICI / DMIS, 2005

panel discussion cultural barriers
Panel Discussion: Cultural Barriers
  • Name a CHALLENGE at your college related to diversity or cultural difference
  • Name your greatest FEAR or CONCERN about the cultural changes happening
  • Identify an OPPORTUNITY regarding cultural change in the workplace.