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About the Institute:

The mission of the Cultural Competency Institute is to engage community leaders in creating a more inclusive campus atmosphere. Fredonia is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that cultivates respect for differences and prepares students to live and work productively in a culturally diverse and globalized society. The Cultural Competency Institute is a cohort-based, year-long series to cultivate an inclusive mindset and positively impact participants' communities.

Participants not only engage in a deeper understanding of issues through workshops, but they are challenged as a group to identify a concern on campus or in the community, research the concern and propose a feasible and practical solution. 

There are a total of six, 2-3 hour sessions, planned in the evenings. See dates below. Selected cohort members must be available to attend all sessions and actively participate in a small group capstone project.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, beliefs, and experiences.
  • Identify societal inequities and the impacts of privilege, marginalization, and bias.
  • Recognize social identities of self and others and the intersectionalities.
  • Develop communication strategies to address inequities and support diversity.
  • Apply an inclusive lens to effectively interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Participants can be Fredonia faculty, staff, students, and/or community members and should have an interest in supporting the mission of the institute. The application to participate as part of the 2018-2019 cohort is now closed.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Eckenrode, Professional Development Center, and the Institute's leadership team at 

The Cultural Competency Institute is a joint initiative of the Office of International Education, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the Professional Development Center. This project is also being funded by the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and FSA.


Models of Cultural Competency, Personal Identity, & the “Super 7”

Self, Identity and the Context of Cultures

Dialoguing About Gender in the Me Too Era

Improving Race Relations Through Dialogue

Reflections on Social Justice & Inclusion:Capstone Project Working Session
March 4, 2020, 4-6 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)

Capstone Reflections, Social Justice and Activism Presentation
April 15, 2020, 4-7 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)

Past projects:

International Cooking Demos

Diversity Quilt Project

Professional Development Center (PDC)

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