Cultural Competence is the willingness and ability to value the importance of culture, ethnicity, race, and religion in the delivery of services and in the messages and examples we project into our communities. It is recognizing that each family’s unique culture includes traditional practices, values, and knowledge that show up in the cultural fabric in the communities we serve and each unique culture adds to the community’s rich history and culture.
By making a commitment to value and honor the culture of each child and family, as an organization we create an educational community where children can feel a sense of belonging. This sense of acceptance and belonging builds on each child’s educational experience and allows them to achieve their full educational potential.
Becoming culturally competent requires each individual to be aware of their own worldview, an awareness of their own biases, and their knowledge of cultural practices. As an organization, it means that there is intentionality in trainings offered and required, data analysis, and practices to ensure cultural competency is embedded into all aspects of the organizational culture.
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