Cultural Awareness is
Realizing that people belong to a diverse range of cultures and that they will:
• Hold different values
• Behave in different ways
• Have different ways of seeing the world and living their lives
• Having resources to relate positively to people from diverse backgrounds
• Appreciating the contribution that different groups make
Becoming Culturally Competent is Realizing
• Cultures are not right or wrong, just different
• Each culture has its own logic
• Cultural generalizations do not explain the individual
• There may be 90% similarities between cultures, it’s how we deal with the differences that cause problems
Experimental studies show that awareness of our biases together with strong internal motivations to not act out on our biases will reduce prejudicial behaviour.
Inclusion is the process of creating an environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate in all the opportunities afforded by the University.