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Cultural Competency for the Outdoor Professional
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbinon 2 October 2014
Transcript of Cultural Competency for the Outdoor Professional
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The unique differences between us based on which we are treated differently in society.
Welcoming, embracing, valuing, and celebrating diversity.
the ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity; to flex with each other's differences
subtle everyday behaviors that often unconsciously and unintentionally denigrate or insult someone from a nondominant group
Gender and sexual orientation
access to resources that we receive, consciously or unconsciously, by virtue of being part of a dominant community (Adams, Bell & Griffin, 1997).
Connect the dots
Cascade of Events
A number of contributing factors precede an incident, and none of these factors may be a 'red flag', but together they may gain enough critical mass for the incident to occur.
(Challenger Space Shuttle incident)
Dynamics of Accidents
Objective Hazards + Subjective Hazards = Accident Potential
OBJECTIVE OR ENVIRON-
Hale, Alan (1983) Annual Review-1983. National Safety Network.
As an industry we tend to be good at looking at physical and technical risk factors, but sometimes pay less attention to behavioral risk factors, which are an important part of risk management.
- Roberts, Gray, Moeller, Santa Fe Mountain Institute
Humanistic Risk Management
COST and PRODUCTIVITY? trip schedule, rations, gear, activities, achievement, learning, student outcomes
SAFETY: risk management
LEGALITY: sexual harassment and other policies, the law
Companies often interchange the terms 'diversity' and 'inclusion.' In reality diversity is the mix, and inclusion is making the mix work. In other words, many companies have gotten very good at getting the right mix of people in the door, but have been unprepared for how to make that more complex mix work once it comes together. Companies have been good at creating a workforce that looks different, but they aren't adequately prepared for a workforce that thinks differently.
-Andres Tapia, Chief Diversity Officer, Hewitt Associates
DIVERSITY is what we are. INCLUSION is what we do.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY is what we need to do it.
SITUATIONALLY APPROPRIATE ACTIONS
Understanding your own culture, assumptions, values, styles, biases, attitudes, privilege, etc.
Understanding others' own culture, assumptions, values, styles, biases, attitudes, privilege, etc. without judging them
Understanding your impact on others and adopting a situationally appropriate style for greater inclusion and effectiveness.
Sheer volume of students
Examining our Icebergs
Slow down your knee-jerk . . .
. . . so you can see what's actually there
Ask, "Is it a difference that makes a difference?"
During feedback discuss
impact of behaviors, NOT intent or character
Risk = possibility of loss
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