Cultural Competence Bridging the Gap
Cultural Knowledge Being familiar with selected cultural characteristics, history, values, belief systems and behaviors of members of another ethnic group
Cultural Awareness Developing sensitivity and understanding of another ethnic group. Making INTERNAL changes in terms of attitude and values. Requires an attitude of openness and flexibility that people develop in relation to others.
Cultural Sensitivity Knowing that cultural differences and similarities exist without assigning values, i.e., better or worse, right or wrong, good or bad to those cultural differences.
Stereotypes are: Gross generalizations regarding groups of people Categorizing people attributing inflexible characteristics Are almost always damaging Stereotypes
When We Believe Stereotypes • We see what we expect • We expect the person to disprove the stereotype • Find ways to create the expected characteristic • See those who do not conform as the exception
Yes, Even You!