The Cultural Competence series elaborates upon the previous Foundations series. Before continuing, make sure you’ve read and completed the Foundations series. These lessons are designed to apply that vocabulary to present- ongoing- and time-relevant socio-cultural issues. Because anti-racism work is collective work, it’s vital to develop a bond with others that is rooted in trust, understanding, and accountability. Cultural competence is our capacity to be informed, understand, interact, and build relationships with others who have different backgrounds. Developing our cultural competence depends on how much we immerse ourselves in learning about others different from ourselves. The goal shouldn’t be to achieve 100% competence. Competence cannot be achieved, but it can always be developed and is never finite.
As with every lesson, the multimedia content is meant to serve as a starting point for the necessary work we must do if we want to effectively dismantle systems of racism. The resources listed here alone, will not make you an expert. For meaningful and effective change we must continually deepen our awareness: utilize other resources to build competence, seek resources for guidance on how to be effective in anti-racism work, and stay informed on the issues that continue to affect Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color.
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