Cultural Humility vs. Cultural Competence: Do You Know Me?

Tuesday, February 2
11:00 AM
12:15 PM
Room Location: 
National Harbor 3
Coalitions: Landmarks of Collaboration

“The approach of cultural humility goes beyond the concept of cultural competence to encourage individuals to identify their own biases and to acknowledge that those biases must be recognized. Cultural competency implies that one can function with a thorough knowledge of the mores and beliefs of another culture; cultural humility acknowledges that it is impossible to be adequately knowledgeable about cultures other than one's own.  Humility has traditionally connoted a kind of meekness or humbleness, but it can also be used to “denote a willingness to accurately assess oneself and one’s limitations, the ability to acknowledge gaps in one’s knowledge, and an openness to new ideas, contradictory information, and advice.  Why is cultural humility important? 1. Cultural humility means not pigeon-holing people.  Knowledge of different cultures and their assumptions and practices is indeed important, but it can only go so far, 2. Cultural humility is also an important step in helping to “redress the imbalance of power, and 3.  Approaching each encounter with the knowledge that one’s own perspective is full of assumptions and prejudices can help one to keep an open mind and remain respectful of the person (s) seeking involvement. This training session will challenge our understanding of cultural competence and help move us toward cultural humility; enhancing our effectiveness  while engaging the communities we serve.    


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Earl Greene

Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center
Earl Greene is a Community development Specialist with Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center in Rochester, NY; providing training and technical assistance to 19 coalitions in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, covering 12 counties. Earl's background include work in community engagement and mobilization in both Rochester, NY and Boston, MA where he worked extensively on youth violence, gangs, youth leadership development, social justice and advocacy. Earl is the founder and director of the Family Life Center in Newark, NY, serving Wayne County; providing parenting classes, pre & post natal services, supermarket model food pantry, thrift store, anger management an more. Earl Greene provide training and training sessions in Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Stress Reduction and more. He is a Nationally Certified Anger Management Specialist through the National Anger Management Association (NAMA), and has facilitated the Anger Management Program in Wayne and Monroe Counties for 15 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, is a Professional Mediator & Arbitrator with the Center for Dispute Settlement, Director of the Church of Christ / Family Life Center in Newark, NY, and President of the Wayne Action for Racial Equality in Sodus, NY.

Jerry Bennett

Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center