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Transcript of Cultural Awareness
Nicholette Leanza, M.Ed, PCC-S
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."
- Audre Lorde, Poet
All facets of culture are learned; Culture is not racial or genetic.
Stresses the collective and all inclusive differences and similarities along a given dimension.
Having the capacity to function as an individual and an organization within the context of cultural beliefs, behaviors and needs.
The Journey toward Cultural Competence
Becoming less fearful of differences
Examining one's own assumptions
Accepting that others have different values than your own
6 Billion People on the Planet
6,000 Languages and Dialects
106 Ethnic Groups in the USA
Social Construction of Race
The term used for minorities and majorities that are socially set apart because of obvious physical differences such as skin color, facial features & hair grade. Racial groups have unique cultural differences
Differentiated by the basis of cultural differences such as language, attitude toward marriage & family as well as food habits.
The popular media may influence stereotypes, multicultural sensitivity, and organizational culture.
Being mindful of what media messages being sent:
Who is the Intended audience?
What is the affect on our cultural attitudes
We are all members of the human race. Humankind cannot be divided into distinct groups or pigeonholed into racial categories
An inclusive environment is one in which every individual’s unique perspective contributes to the overall success of the organization.
We are all human
Race is a culturally constructed category of identity that divides humanity into groups based on a variety of superficial physical traits attributed to some hypothetical intrinsic, biological characteristics.
- DSM 5
The denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals
and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons.
Wealth inequality: discrimination's legacy
The glass ceiling
Social Concept of Race
Biological meaning: absence of pure genetic races
Because of migration, exploration, and invasions, there are no mutually exclusive genetic races.
Blood types cannot accurately distinguish racial groups.
The Human Genome Project, which mapped human DNA, confirms genetic diversity within racial groups is much greater than between racial groups.
It is not enough to have diverse social-identity groups in an organization; an environment of inclusion must exist.
Ethnocentrism: "My view of the world is the only view."
Over Generalization: All members of a group are the same.
Stereotyping: Generalized statements or presumptions about the characteristics of an entire group.
Diversity is the old baseline.
Inclusion is the new one
What is your Cultural Identity?
Definition of Culture
Culture refers to systems of knowledge, concepts, rules, and practices that are learned and transmitted across generations.
Most individuals and groups are exposed to multiple cultures, which they use to fashion their own identities and make sense of experience.