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An Introduction to Cultural Competency

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Kablia Thao

on 16 July 2013

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Transcript of An Introduction to Cultural Competency

Do not assume students identify as a certain race/ ethn because of appearance or name
Student organizations
SOC recruitment is office wide
Verbal and non-verbal
If NNES, speak slower not louder

American Indian
An Introduction to Cultural Competency
Definition of American Indian/Alaska Native
American Indian v. Native American
Enrolled, Descendant
Blood Quantum
Only other
quantified is show horses and dogs
American Indians in Minnesota
Dakota, Ojibwe
Reservation Indians v. Urban Indians

Importance of Family/Community/Communal Life
Elders, Naming
Importance of Ceremony
Tobacco Offerings
Goldy, Hoka Hey
First Generation
Tribal Colleges
33 Tribal Colleges

American Indian Education
90% of AI attend public K-12 education; 7% in BIE schools
50.6% National Graduation rate
74% of AI 12th graders read below grade level
20% of AI students (K-12) receive some sort of Special Education
>1% earn Bachelor’s Degrees

Asian American

over 45+ countries on the continent of Asia
Cultural backgrounds

1:3 Admitted Minnesota students will confirm
"Hmong Capital of the World"
32% Asians in Saint Paul Public Schools, 90% are Hmong

Generation 1
Generation 2
Generation 3
Generation 4
Don't know/Americans with Hmong heritage

Black/African American
Terms/ Definitions:
Identifies very closely with their African culture, strong connection to heritage or was born in Africa, can typically trace ancestry to specific ethnic group(S)
Islam is the religion
Muslims are ones who follow the teachings of Islam
Quran is the holy book of Muslims
Sunni v.s  Shia sect

Holy month – Quran was revealed.
Month of fasting, Muslims don’t eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset.
9th month in the lunar calendar (different from English Gregorian calendar)
This year: Monday, July 8th to Wednesday August 7th
Start day goes back approximately 11 days each year
Ramadan ends with the celebration Eid ul-Fitr
Ramadan Accommodations

Eid ul-Fitr - marks the end of fasting during the month of Ramadan and falls on the first day of Shawwal.

Eid al-Adha - marks the end of the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca, starts on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Housing options
-Commuter Population
Student Loans
-How does interest play a factor in a student’s decision for financial aid?
-Contact OneStop Student Services

Al-Madinah Cultural Center (AMCC)
-Located in Coffman Memorial, room 217
-Main events include welcome for freshman, Fast-a-Thon, Eid Celebrations, and Islam Awareness Week.
Muslim Students Association
-Weekly Jumma (Friday) Prayers, Weekly Halaqas (group seminars), Ramadan Iftars

Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association
Muslim Future Physicians Association
Muslim Law Student Association

Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Student Organizations
Why we are we talking about the Hmong?
Generational breakdown by Meng Her for Admissions
Hispanic Chican@ Latin@ Students
What is...
Hispanic- of or relating to those of Spain and Portugal esp. from Latin America
Latin@ - A Latin American inhabitant of the US
Chican@ - American of Mexican Descent
As a people we are a cultural and ethnic group, not a race
Latinos come from 22 nations
Over 52M in the USA
By 2050 1/3 americans will be Hispanic
1/5 schoolchildren are Hispanic
47% are immigrants
2/3 of Latinos are of Mexican descent
MN had the 4th fastest growing Latino pop. over the past 10 years
Recruitment Principles
Connect on a personal level first
Be a part of the familia
Be simpatico and practice bienvenido
Spanish - 1st Gen and beyond
In MN...
approx. 4.7% are Latino
6.9% Latino in Hennepin County
10.5% Latino Minneapolis
k-12, 7% are Latino
2.6% Latino at the U of M
Student Organizations
All encompassing term, though some say black is a specific culture
Someone of African descent living in U.S.
African American:
Estimate of at least 800 different languages spoken and thousands of dialects
54 countries
Diversity of the Continent
Over 3,000 different ethnic groups
More genetic diversity among different Africans than all the other races in the world combined
5.2 % of Minnesotans are African American/ Black
9% of MN high school students are
African American/Black (MDE, 2013)
Only 51% of African American/Black high school
students in MN graduate on time (MDE)
First Generation
African Families
Support on campus:
MCAE (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
PDFMP (President's Distinguished Faculty
Mentoring Program)
BFSA (Black Faculty & Staff Association)
2nd Floor Cultural Centers
Understand generational differences
Respectfully acknowledge and address elders
Provide specific examples
Share personal experiences
Working with African & African American Students
Student Groups
Black student Union

Black Motivated Women

African Student Association

Oromia Student Association

Ethiopian Student Association

Somali Student Association

National Society of Black Engineers

National Association of Black Accountants

Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

Black Law Students Association

Black Greek Letter Organizations
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Be knowledgeable about AA student orgs and departments so you can share that information with students + families
Living & Learning Communities
Huntley House
STEM Diversity House
For young men of African descent
For students of color interested in the STEM fields
Barriers to Cross-Cultural Communication
Assuming non-existent similarities

Language (verbal)
Language (non-verbal)
Preconceptions, Stereotypes & microaggressions
The Golden Rule
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

Why doesn’t this work when engaging in cross-cultural interactions?


“Do unto others as they would have done unto them”

Hmong History Crash Course
Religious Norms
Not eating pork
- Ensuring veg and/or other meat options available
- Handshaking with the right hand
- Read body language; some might not feel comfortable shaking hands with opposite gender.
Student Groups and LLC's
La Raza Student Cultural Center
Casa de Espanol
AB Kilombo Capoeira
Argentine Tango Club, U-Tango
Association of Multicultural Scientists
Business Association of Multicultural Students
Latin American International Student Association
Latino Law Students Association
Salsa Rueda Passion
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Hispanic Dental Association Student chapter at the School of Dentistry
Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Association
Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Scholar Chapter
Support Services
PDFMP-President's Distinguished Faculty Mentorship Program
Tsev Hmoob "Ch-A... Hmong"
University of Minnesota Hmong
Viiv Ncaus/Hmong women Circle
Hmong Men Circle
Hmong Minnesota Student Association
Gender Roles
Do's and Don'ts
4.5% of U of M (TC) Student Body is identify
as African American
Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN)
American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC)
American Indian Cultural House (AICH)
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

On campus communities
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