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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Cultural Competence in the 21st Century

Sep. 15, 2016

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences along with the College of  Social Work are hositng a keynote and workhsop presented by Caprice Hollins PsyD. Dr. Hollins is the author of Diversity Equity and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race.  She is known nationally for her expertise in connecting cultures.  

Keynote 11:00-12:30 Cultural Competence: Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century 

This session will provide a common framework and understanding of what is meant by cultural competence and the work we need to do to grown in our ability to effectively engage across cultures. Hollins will show how working together to develop our cultural competence individually and institutionally can help each one of us take part in shaping our world into one where everyone benefits through inclusivity and the honoring of differences.

 Participants will:

  • Develop a common language and understanding for what is meant by cultural competence
  • Learn norms for engaging in courageous conversations
  • Leave with a framework to use to explore who cultural competence applies to the workplace

Workshop: 1:00-2:30  Understanding Racial Privilege (Requires Registration)

The more you understand privilege, the better you will be at recognizing tensions that exist across cultures.  Racism is one of the most charged issues facing us today and every member of society is affected by it.  Yet most forums that address race focus on the racially “different”, leaving White perspectives, experiences and identity normalized and unexplored.  Through lecture, discussion and experiential exercises, we will take a laser-like focus, looking at racial privilege and exploring what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified.  We will discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.