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Multicultural Competence

Moving beyond Cultural Competence to Cultural Proficiency
from Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance Project

Discover how culture informs how we communicate with each other, the way we receive information and helps shape the thinking process of groups.
To truly engage students, we must reach out to them in ways that are culturally and linguistically responsive and appropriate, and we must examine the cultural assumptions and stereotypes we bring into the classroom that may hinder interconnectedness.
Dr. Bellatin examines the importance of an individual's positive regard and respect for others, a person's openness, flexibility, and desire to learn as it relates to the development of cultural competency in human service providers. (21:04 mins)
Psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington created "Project Implicit" to develop Hidden Bias Tests — called Implicit Association Tests, or IATs, in the academic world — to measure unconscious bias.

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Last Updated October 02, 2014
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