2.What is Cultural Competence?
**An ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures
A) Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview
B) Attitudes toward cultural differences
C) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
D) Cross-cultural skills
To provide students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to increase their effectiveness in relating across cultural differences and prepare them for life in increasingly diverse domestic and international environments.
4.As a result of the knowledge and skills obtained in this program students will gain an appreciation of their own cultural identities and become critically self-reflective in their orientation toward differences in the identities of others
5.Outcomes for Participants
A greater appreciation of cultural difference
Greater awareness of the viewpoints of other cultures
Assessment of one’s own culture-related privilege/ disprivilege
Concern with issues of power and privilege
Greater ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds in professional settings
Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence (3 s.h.)
Elective Courses (9 s.h.)
Course with an immersion learning or service learning component (3 s.h.)
Integrative Seminar in Critical Cultural Competence (3 s.h.)
7.Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence
1) Provide students with a way of framing their future coursework in CCCC
2) integrating the principles and practices of CCC into their professional, personal, and academic lives
Available in Spring Semester 2010
Taught by Professor Vershawn Young
Wednesdays 5-7:30 pm
Over 50 course have already been identified as possibilities for filling the elective requirement.
The Elective Course Categories Are:
African American Culture
American Indian and Native Persons Culture
Gender and Sexuality
Global and International Populations & Culture
Theory and Practice of Cultural Diversity
Issues of Class and Poverty
9.Immersion Learning or Service Learning Component
All immersion or service learning courses must be individually approved with the academic coordinator of the CCCC Program
Many Study Abroad Courses are appropriate to fulfill the requirement
Immersion Courses may include something like the Philadelphia Travel Seminar
Service Learning Courses must include a minimum of 30 hours of service learning activities in a off-campus community setting
10.Integrative Seminar in Critical Cultural Competence
To be taken in a student’s final year
This seminar will focus on the application of knowledge learned in the program with students evaluating the challenges and benefits of operating in a culturally competent manner
Will culminate in the submission of a portfolio and project planning to enhance diversity and cultural competence in the university and the community as a whole.
11.Frequently Asked Questions
What if an elective fulfills a requirement for my major?
It may be possible to have certificate requirements overlap with major requirements. The coordinator will advise students individually on this matter.
Can I take the electives while I’m taking the foundation course? What about before?
The foundation course provides the framework by which one conceptualized the rest of their course of study. Co-curriculars may be allowable with prior approval from the program coordinator.
12.Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do the Immersion/Service Learning Component as an Independent Study?
We prefer for students do this portion as part of a fully formed program but there may be room for exceptions based on your plan of study.
Must I be a Sophomore to start the program?
A student must have at least sophomore standing to begin the program but juniors who are committed to finishing the program may also take part.