Seeing the Difference: Building Essential Cultural Competence Skills
July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The first 25 people to register will receive a free copy of Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World by Sara Taylor. The winners will be notified via email.
WTIA’s DEI Office is proud to present workshops that bring subject matter experts, proprietary resources, and community together for deep insights that support Pact Roadmap goals.
Why You Need It
Got high-performing teams? Research tells us that in order for your team to be high-performing it needs two key ingredients: Diversity and the ability of team members to be their most successful and effective as they interact across those differences. Cultural Competence helps us to do just that. Culture comes into play in nearly every interaction. Yet, only 2.5% of us have the competence to see the full complexity of cultural differences and adapt to them to be our most effective. That means the vast majority of us are at best missing key differences that are at play and at worst unintentionally offending others. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can develop that competence in anyone and any workplace.
What It Is
How effective are you in your interactions across difference? That’s one of the key questions this session asks and answers using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®), an assessment of five-stages of cultural competence. Foundational terms are clarified through several brains-on activities, and then participants work their way through the stages of competence and then receive their own Group Profile. With this base knowledge, the focus of the session then shifts to competence development. Participants begin by unpacking their own cultural preferences; paying particular attention to assumptions generated through cultural unawareness and the impact such assumptions have on interactions between individuals and the workplace environment as a whole. Finally, participants practice using new competence tools and identify specific strategies to continue development.
About the Speaker
Sara Taylor, President and Founder of deepSEE Consulting, has twenty-five years of extensive training and consulting experience serving local, national and global clients. While her areas of specialty are in both Diversity and Leadership Development, Sara has become a thought leader particularly in the field of Cultural Competence. Her bestselling book, Filter Shift: How Effective People SEE the World, is used by numerous individuals and organizations to increase success and create greater effectiveness. Sara holds a Master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota, is bilingual in Spanish and English and, prior to founding deepSEE, held positions such as Chief Diversity Officer and Leadership and Diversity Specialist.