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Cultural Competency Institute

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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 Dr. Bill Boerner, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the Institute's leadership team at cultural-competency-institute-grp@fredonia.edu 

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.

Sessions:

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

October 3, 2018, 4-7 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)
Facilitator:  Bill Boerner, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Fredonia

Self, Identity and the Context of Cultures

November 7, 2018, 4-6 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)
Facilitator: Naomi Baldwin, Ph.D., Director of the Office of International Education, SUNY Fredonia

 

Dialogue Across Difference 

November 28, 2018, 4-6 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)
Facilitator: TBA

 

Reflections, Social Justice and Activism: Capstone Project Working Session

February 6, 2019, 4-6 pm, (Williams Center, G103C)

Facilitator: Dawn Eckenrode and Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center, SUNY Fredonia

 

Impacts of Privilege, Marginalization and Bias

March 6, 2019, 4-6 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)
Facilitator: Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center, SUNY Fredonia

 

Capstone Reflections, Social Justice and Activism Presentation

April 10, 2019, 4-7 pm, (Williams Center, G103B)
Facilitator: Bill Boerner, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Fredonia

 

International Cooking Demos

Diversity Quilt Project