Cultural Competence / Diversity Training
Multicultural BRIDGE Program: Cultural Competency Programming for Workplace

Culture: the integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs,values and institutions of a racial, ethnic, religious or social group. 
"Competence is used because it implies having the capacity to function effectively." –NCCC, 1989

Cultural competence requires that organizations:
  • Have a defined set of values and principles, and demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, policies, and structures that enable them to work effectively cross-culturally.
  •  Have the capacity to (1) value diversity, (2) conduct self-assessment, (3) manage the dynamics of difference, (4) acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge, and (5) adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of communities they serve.
  • Incorporate the above in all aspects of policy-making, administration, practice and service delivery, systematically involve consumers, families and communities.  
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"Cultural competence is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period. Both individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge and skills along the cultural competence continuum." –NCCC, 1998  

The Multicultural BRIDGE Cultural Competence training program addresses the general characteristics of a 
culturally aware, competent and proficient workplace and assists the institution in achieving those benchmarks by the 
professional expertise of trained diversity leaders and facilitators. We provide the tools to empower all staff to have successful communication around cultural issues best serving clients and community and also contributing to the 
effectiveness and productivity of staff. BRIDGE addresses how culture is defined both in the workplace and in the 
community by race, ethnicity, class, gender, education, etc.  
The demographics of our county and community are changing rapidly and Cultural Competence work is essential to the success of your employees and your organization. It is an inclusive process that enhances self awareness in 
each employee and promotes acceptance and ongoing education. Prioritizing cultural competence work helps 
support and inspire each individual to feel valued and part of the professional team, thereby increasing the cultural 
literacy and connectedness of the professionals that represent your organization. It is an ongoing developmental 
process that requires commitment and intention of policy and administration.  

Jv Hampton-VanSant,
Sep 5, 2012, 6:49 AM