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In this interactive session, you will gain a greater understanding of cultural competence and proficiency—the ability to work effectively across cultures in a way that acknowledges and respects the cultures of the adult learners you serve. By engaging with a variety of small and large group activities and audio-visual resources, you will explore the relationship of culture to the self and others, learn to identify micro- and macro-aggressions and strategies to overcome them, and practice your newly gained knowledge to turn understanding into more effective programs and services.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about cultural competence and improve their own communication and actions to create more equitable programs, instruction, and advising practices

The content of this session will encourage you to define culture and all its components, reflect on your own cultures in relation to others, explore the continuum from cultural destructiveness to cultural proficiency, engage in courageous conversations about diversity with fellow participants and apply new knowledge in order to create a more equitable practice.  

The goals of this session reflect the key components of cultural competence: i.e., to explore self-awareness and the importance of understanding and valuing others, to gain greater knowledge of micro- and macro-aggressions and other inequities, and to develop skills to interact effectively with a diversity of people in different contexts in order to foster equity and inclusion.

This engaging workshop includes small and large group affective activities and discussions utilizing a variety of audio-visual resources.

Time commitment:

  • Once you have registered, our confirmation email to you will include three articles that you are required to read prior to the session (1-2 hours).
  • After the training, you will write a brief written reflection (approx. 1-2 hours).
Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the relationship between your own culture and others’ cultures
  • Recognize the importance of how language perpetuates inequities
  • Identify strategies to overcome stereotypes and prejudice to create a more authentic and culturally proficient engagement with your students
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

In preparation for the session, you’re required to read three short articles that we will email to you with your registration confirmation.

05/06/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
The Immigrant Learning Center
442 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
PD Center: 

Cultural Competence

SABES Program Support PD Center - Cultural Competence
Topic Area: 
Cultural Competence
ESOL/English Language Learner
Professional Standards
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