In 1989, Dr. Terry Cross and his colleagues published an article that defined and described cultural competence. Within that article, the authors listed five elements of cultural competence for organizations. Although this list was developed for systems, institutions, and agencies, I believe that the 5 different elements can be adapted for individuals. So what are these different elements and how can you help your children develop them?
The first element is valuing diversity. Values definitely begin to develop at an early age so this is a perfect place to start with your kids. If you want your kids to see the value in what people from other cultures have to offer, try to instill this value early. Here are some quick tips:
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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