Cultural Competence: Identity, Diversity and Engagement

On-Site Training Module

This module was developed as part of the California Department of Education/Child Development Division School-Age Training Project and revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning, character building and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California

During this training, participants will reflect on their own identity, and address the extent to which culture impacts their lives and the lives of children/youth. They will also develop their social awareness skills by critically evaluating the ways in which individuals of diverse backgrounds relate to one another.

In this training participants will:

  • Understand how culture impacts and shapes individuals.
  • Develop their self-awareness by examining their cultural identities and how these Identities may impact their interactions with others;
  • Develop their social awareness by understanding how individuals from diverse backgrounds relate to one another.

Content Overview: 

Guess Who?

Shows participants how specific and individual knowledge about a person can be utilized to better interact with and serve that person. In addition, serves as an example of how to avoid stereotyping people or making over generalizations about culturally diverse people.

Who am I?

Participants indicate and share the significance of culture in their own lives. This provides a basis to discuss similarities and differences in the meaning and impact of culture across various individuals and groups.

Step Into Your Identity

Participants indicate the extent to which they identify “as” or “with” various cultural groups and then discuss the basis for their identifications.

Levels of Engagement

Participants critically evaluate how they relate to culturally diverse groups. This provides a foundation to examine relationships between diverse groups at their site.

Training Length: 2 hours

eLearning Module

Culture reflects belief systems, behavioral practices, and the products of such beliefs and practices among groups of people.

Such beliefs, practices and products are:

(a) widespread, and

(b) evident across generations

People often take offense when their cultural beliefs or practices are not supported, or when actions or practices diverge from their cultural beliefs and practices.

Important cultural elements may include the dimensions of race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. These elements of culture are not separate from the larger cultural context in which individuals live, work and function.

It's important to examine your own identity, and how it might impact your behavior toward and interactions with members from different or similar cultural groups.

By the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand how culture can impact and shape individuals.
  • Examine their cultural identities and how these identities may impact their interactions with others.
  • Understand three levels of engagement with diverse groups.