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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Cultural Humility: The Simultaneous Process of Self-Reflection and Knowledge Acquisition

The increasing cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of the U. S. challenges all citizens to understand the complexity and dynamic nature of “culture.” Most importantly, true cultural understanding challenges professionals to engage in self-reflection and self-critique as lifelong learners. This dynamic process requires humility, not just cultural competence. This presentation critically distinguishes between culturally competent knowledge, use of the strengths-based perspective, and the dimensions of self-reflection that comprise cultural humility. More than the discrete mastery of cultural knowledge, cultural humility addresses the equalization of relationships between professionals and the individuals and families they serve.

Presenter: Carol Brownstein-Evans (Faculty)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 336 MetroCenter
Time: 7 pm (Session VI)