Cultural Competence


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Cultural competence is an active process through which individuals learn how to effectively and respectfully engage with cultures that are different from their own. Cultural competence also refers to the ways that organizational cultures can change to become more inclusive and accommodating to a more diverse set of social groups. Individual cultural competency typically involves the following four dimensions:

  1. Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview
  2. Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
  3. Cross-cultural skills
  4. Positive attitude towards cultural differences
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