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Embracing Cultural Competency

Embracing Cultural Competency

No “how-to” manual exists on cultural competency. And, compared to other topics in nonprofit management, little exists on the skills and strategies needed to address racism and inequity. Building cultural competency is an ongoing journey that nonprofit leaders choose to take because they know the end result will be a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. Patricia St. Onge and her contributing authors help readers grapple with the urgent issues that can transform capacity builders into change agents in the nonprofit sector.

Embracing Cultural Competency starts the dialogue on how organizations can start building capacity. Nonprofit capacity builders will

  • discover a framework to help discuss issues related cultural competency
  • learn about methods, practices, and values that define cultural competency
  • understand the complexities within ethnic communities
  • gain insights into the nature of institutionalized

“An impressive breadth and depth of perspectives are offered in this book. Readers will find tools to help them gain greater cultural competency in working with communities—and become more inclusive in their organizational processes.”
Scot T. Spencer, Manager of Baltimore Relations, Annie E. Casey Foundation

“This book guides readers to a better understanding that cultural competency is not a soft skill but a core issue, requiring work and time. The information has relevance where ever people of various backgrounds need to come together to accomplish common objectives.”
Yvette Larkin, Senior Program Officer, Associated Black Charities

“Great personal stories and perspectives can be found here. This text will motivate readers to start their own internal conversation about issues related to cultural competency.”
Suzanne Bronheim, Senior Policy Associate, National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University

Through the Lens of Culture: Building Capacity for Social Change and Sustainable Communities

... The world is a rapidly changing place and with this, the illusion of separateness is diminishing under the sameforce of change as that which originally gave power to the notion of the “melting pot.” We now have the opportunity to think differently about how we engage with one another, and we have the opportunity to be intentional about building a worldwide neighborhood that reflects the strengths of all of its members, and works together to overcome the challenges that we all face.

“Cultural competency” has become a buzz-phrase in the nonprofit sector as well as in corporations and government.Traditional definitions of culture have focused on various components of cultural identity, with some authors describing culture as representing “the values, customs, beliefs, heritage, and norms of a particular group of people from a particular society.” For many communities, culture is more diverse than race or ethnicity. It incorporates a host of perspectives that include language, gender, class, age, religion, and disability to name a few. Thus every understanding of cultural reality comes from a unique point of view based on an individual’s life experiences in the context of the cultural groups in which s/he moves...
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