Social Justice

At the center of it all, it is important to create an environment of equity and inclusion. This is an active process and should be incorporated in all phases of your work. Allyship and cultural competence are important aspects of effective and inclusive engagement with and within our communities. It is important to collaboratively work towards conditions that support equity, particularly for communities and groups who may have a history with and ongoing experience of marginalization.

We should continually be building the cultural competence of ourselves as individuals and the organizations with which we work or serve. Cultural competence exists as a continuum and includes the development of attitudes (empathy, resilience, openness), skills (self-monitoring, rapport building, relationship building), and knowledge (cultural awareness, integration, sense making). It is not a simple state to achieve; rather it involves an ongoing commitment to these values. Cultural humility, as you will read later in this section, challenges us to further acknowledge our own limitations in interacting with those from different backgrounds.

Addressing racial and other biases can be uncomfortable, shedding light on the roles we might have in propagating discrimination and oppression. However, building towards cultural competence can promote allyship and empower us to enact change in our communities.

Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival: 2019

Cultural Competence

Multidimensional Facets of Cultural Competence   Continuum of Cultural Competence   Elements of Cultural Competence   Resources on Cultural Competence and Allyship Cultural Competence Continuum Cultural humility for clinical researchers …

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Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is foundational for an environment that eliminates disparities and promotes equity. Cultural humility is a life-long process of self-reflection, continued discovery, and maintenance to build trustworthy relationships.  While …

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Understanding Equity and Privilege

Understanding Equity Equality and equity are similar concepts, but their differences matter. Equality is treating all people the same and providing equal access to opportunity. Equity refers to proportional representation …