Cultural Competence and Sensitivity: A Lifelong Learning EngagementElias Ortega-Aponte

Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Location:  Seminary Hall, Room 210

Cultural Competence/Sensitivity goes beyond awareness and toleration of other cultures, ethnic groups, costumes, and lifestyles. The goal of cultural competence/sensitivity is to develop the capacity to effectively function in other cultures, valuing, respecting, and being informed concerning cultural difference.Lack of cultural competence can potentially interfere with sound ministry practices.
Among the topics addressed in this workshop are the following:Cultural Misinformation:  What assumptions do we have about cultures different than ours? How do we understand poverty? Are some members of a particular ethnic/racial/cultural/religious group more likely to be poor? What assumptions do we have about language, sexual orientation, spirituality and religion?Cultural Identity: Do we see ourselves as having a culture that shapes what and how we do what we do? How do we interact with members of group other than our own? How do we feel during these interactions?

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