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Cultural Competency: We're Depending on You

Seriously, We’re Depending On You

In a harmless social setting among family and friends, we virtually can’t talk about race, culture or gender disparities in America without there being some sort of disagreement regarding our perceptions about how said disparities unfold in front of our very eyes. Everyone seems to have something to say about religion, age, sexual orientation and countless other human factors that derive the country’s diversity.

The simple truth is that if you are not what someone else is, you simply can’t possibly understand what they go through on a day to day basis being who they are. If you’re not a woman, you’ll never be able to understand or fully comprehend what it’s like to be a woman. Or a Muslim. Or Black. Or even over the age of 50 (until you get there). You must simply take another person’s word for it, and actively educate yourself about the perspectives of others. We have all experienced different things, and you may never in your life experience what someone else has, and vice versa. Because of this, it’s almost as if we are all looking through the same window but are seeing different things. 

This is where cultural competency comes in.

Cultural competency is accepting the fact that what you see through the window is not what everyone sees, and making a valiant effort to try and see what others are seeing. When you start seeing what other’s are seeing, your view gets bigger and you see more. Those who are not culturally competent will be stuck with the same view, through the same window, for their entire life. Seeing only one piece of the enormous blue sky, and only one patch of green grass on the enormous landscape around them.

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