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The Cultural Competence Institute at Grand Rapids Community College is a fee-based training model that offers participants evidence-based best practices and strategies. The institute curriculum focuses on how to implement organizational change in environments where conscious or non-conscious cognitive behaviors influence prejudice and discrimination. Institute faculty are trained scholar-practitioners with contributions that shape and influence their field of study. A prerequisite for enrollment in CCI courses includes, but is not limited to Intergroup Dialogue training, Institute for Healing Racism training, Cultural Intelligence training or training and experience in other areas related to equity and social justice.

According to Cross et al., 1989, cultural competence requires that organizations:

  • Have a defined set of values and principles, and demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, policies, and structures that enable them to work effectively cross-culturally.
  • Have the capacity to (1) value diversity, (2) conduct self-assessment, (3) manage the dynamics of difference, (4) acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge, and (5) adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of communities they serve.
  • Incorporate the above in all aspects of policy-making, administration, practice, service delivery, and systematically involve consumers (stakeholders), families, and communities.

Citation: Cross, T., Bazron, B., Dennis, K., & Isaacs, M., (1989). Towards A Culturally Competent System of Care, Volume I. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Child Development Center, CASSP Technical Assistance Center.

2021 Cultural Competence Institute

Friday, April 23, 2021
8 a.m. to Noon
Grand Rapids Community College

Registration now open. 

Institutional Transformation and Equity Leadership Development

Too often professional development opportunities related to equity focus on the people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential leaders for equity. Do you have a group of people already dedicated to equity and on the path toward equity literacy?

This training session will:

  • Engage participants in the process of critically examining how access and opportunity are distributed by societal and institutional policy and practice.
  • Facilitate difficult conversations that are vital to cultivating equity literacy in ourselves and in the institutional culture.
  • Increase the aptitude of people already dedicated to equity and on the path toward equity literacy.
  • Provide tangible tools to equity advocates on how to provide leadership and facilitate institutional growth.
  • Provide tangible tools for advancing equity in the classroom.

About Institute Faculty

Dr. Paul Gorski

Dr. Paul Gorski is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools and districts.

Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity, including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini).

Dr. Gorski is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher-educator at several universities for 15 years.