Being culturally competent means continually developing one's working knowledge of other cultural values, norms, behaviors, traditions, expectations, and customs and reflecting on how one's own identities and experiences influence that knowledge.
The Center’s Cultural Competency Education program provides trainings, workshops, and resources that build cultural consciousness for students, staff, and faculty around diversity, inclusion, identity, and social justice. The Program works collaboratively to enhance the cultural capacity on campus to address the needs of underrepresented and marginalized communities.
We manage the Cultural Competency Workshop Series, which is a collection of trainings, workshops, conversations, and performances throughout the academic year that provide opportunities for reflection and interaction. All workshops are open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to attend any or all of them, and no prior experience or knowledge is needed. Food and refreshments will be provided.
We oversee the annual Retreat for Social Justice in November, which gives students an opportunity to explore their cultural identities and interact with people from diverse backgrounds while developing skills for interrupting prejudice, advocating for social justice and inclusion, and helping to build the cultural capacity on campus. Retreat participants take active roles in the spring semester Social Justice Days of Action, which highlight specific projects and initiatives specifically focused on building a more equitable and inclusive campus community.
For more information or to inquire about a potential program please email diversityeducation AT_TOWSON.