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:
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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.