Cultural Competence Institute

The Cultural Competence Institute at Grand Rapids Community College is a fee-based training model that offers participants practical skills and 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 mandatory prerequisite for enrollment in CCI courses includes, but is not limited to Intergroup Dialogue training, Institute for Healing Racism training, or Cultural Intelligence training.

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 
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Grand Rapids Community College

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.


Registration will open on February 1, 2021