Apply Cultural Humility in Cultural Orientation

Apply Cultural Humility in Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientation plays a vital role in the integration of newcomers. If you deliver Cultural Orientation, educating yourself about your clients’ background and culture is essential in facilitating a relationship of understanding and trust. This can be done by practicing cultural humility, awareness, and competency. This page provides guidance on how to apply these concepts in Cultural Orientation and on navigating communication across cultures. 

Defining Cultural Humility, Awareness, and Competency 

To incorporate cultural humility, awareness, and competency into Cultural Orientation, we must first understand what these concepts mean. 

Cultural Humility is a lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one’s own biases. 

Cultural Awareness refers to openness to reflecting on how one’s culture and background may or may not be similar to those of newcomers. 

Cultural Competency entails actively seeking to learn about the cultures and backgrounds of newcomers. 

How to Practice Cultural Humility, Awareness, and Competency

Practicing cultural humility, awareness, and competency can sound time-consuming, especially when managing multiple priorities. However, applying these concepts to cultural orientation planning and delivery can help increase participant engagement, build trust, and enhance the overall effectiveness of cultural orientation delivery and outcomes.

Read the following strategies to help incorporate these concepts into your Cultural Orientation programming. 


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