“To truly be committed to inclusion and diversity, we have to recognize and constantly be aware of our own identities and power in interactions.”


-Oladapo, 2016

 
 
“... once we can place ourselves within the context of diversity, recognizing that our diverse identities shapes how we see and interact with the world, then we can have more empathy and community for others who may be marginalized. This is empowering and it empowers others. If we are in positions of power within our communities, it should be our duty to empower and build up others.”
— Jessica M. Oladapo, FOUNDER
 

 

Training on Cultural Competence and Cultural Inclusion have seen increased interest in recent years. As a Sociologist and Psychologist, I see this as important and vital work for our communities. My diversity training take an intersectional approach, exploring a variety of ways in which we all contribute to diversity, including gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, social class, single parenthood, and other such attributes.

Current research suggests that the best approach to cultural competency is through the use of an intersectional framework (Sears, 2012). With this in mind, I explore intersections of identity as well as a discussion of misconceptions.

One of the most valuable parts of this training is an analysis of how we all contribute to diversity. The first section of the training is an exploration of identity and identity construction. We then move into how our own intersecting identities influence the way we see and interact with the world. We discuss various forms of privilege, biases, and perception. I use small group activities and journaling to allow participants to connect to the material. In this current cultural climate, these trainings and the ability to be culturally competent is vital to the work that we all do. By expanding the way we see diversity, we can identify marginalized groups, increase in empathy, and be empowered to create more equitable communities and work spaces.

 

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