Embracing Cultural Competency

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance

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There is no such thing as a ¿how-to¿ manual on cultural competency. It¿s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within ethnic communities.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Forewordp. xxi
Prefacep. xxiii
Introduction: Conversation as a Tool for Transformationp. 1
Why This Conversation is So Challengingp. 1
Use the Power of Language to Unleash Capacityp. 3
Clarify the Conversation with Definitionsp. 5
What You Can Gain from This Bookp. 8
Write Your Own Definitionp. 8
The Process behind This Bookp. 10
How This Book is Organizedp. 11
About the Organizations Involved in This Bookp. 11
Some Questions and Answers about Cultural Competencyp. 12
Practitioner Perspectives from Five Major Ethnic Communitiesp. 13
My Journey Is a Slow, Steady Awakeningp. 17
Coming to Terms with "Double Consciousness"p. 18
Managing a Lingering Fearp. 19
White Privilege in the United States-A Historical Frameworkp. 22
Taking Responsibility for Privilege and Moving Beyond Itp. 23
Think Beyond "Diversity"p. 24
Look for Signs of Critical Cultural Competency in Organizationsp. 25
Translate Theory into Powerful Practicesp. 26
Case Study: Three Dimensions of Critical Cultural Competencyp. 26
Acknowledgmentsp. 30
Each Generation is Differentp. 31
Asian and Pacific Islanders in America: A Demographic Overviewp. 33
The Historical Context-Waves of Immigration and Prejudicep. 34
Community-Based Organizations Emergedp. 36
Implications for Capacity Buildingp. 37
Ike's Principlesp. 44
Meaning Making Is the Challenge of Cultural Competencyp. 45
My Personal Journeyp. 45
The Impact of White Supremacyp. 47
The Continuing Legacy of Slaveryp. 48
Learning from Clientsp. 51
Beyond the "Right Way"-Making Meaningp. 53
Building Cultural Competencyp. 53
Beyond Individual Relationships-The Systemic Levelp. 54
Expanding the Visionp. 56
I Can Hear the Heartbeat of the Drum under the Surface of the Words We Speakp. 57
The Historical Landscape of Native Americap. 58
More about the Historical Frameworkp. 60
My Processp. 62
Implications for Capacity Buildingp. 63
Why I Am Telling You about Giveawayp. 64
Changing the Conditions that Made Me Feel Unwelcomep. 67
The Reality of Colorism, Racism, and Classismp. 69
Key Differences to Rememberp. 70
Additional Factors in the Consulting Engagementp. 73
The Primacy of Process: Creating San Francisco's Youth Commissionp. 77
Key Aspects of Cultural Competencyp. 79
Cultural Competency as Discovering Contextp. 81
See Differences as Always Presentp. 83
Discovering Differencesp. 84
Locate Your Own Culturesp. 85
Understanding My Own Culturesp. 85
Develop Intimacy with the "Other"p. 86
See the Dominant Culture as One of Manyp. 87
Discover the Influence of Geographyp. 88
Look for Conflicting Cultural Normsp. 89
Look for Intersecting Identitiesp. 91
See Race as the Major Fault Line in the U.S. Contextp. 92
Look for Historical Roots of Institutionsp. 94
Cultural Competency as a Community Processp. 97
Start with Nonharmingp. 98
Look for Signs of a Sustainable Processp. 98
Base Cultural Competency on Intention and Valuesp. 99
Notice Who Is in the Room-and Who Is Notp. 100
Core Values for Capacity Buildingp. 100
Self-Assessment in Three Partsp. 101
See Everyone as a Learnerp. 102
The Power of Sittingp. 103
Honor Transparency and Trustp. 103
Be Willing to Wear Many Hatsp. 104
Paying Attention to Culture: In My Coaching Contextp. 106
Name the Elephants in the Roomp. 107
Create a Shared Vocabularyp. 108
Fully Engage People in Processes That Affect Themp. 109
Practice Authentic Collaborationp. 110
Consider Creating an Identity Matchp. 111
Investing Time in Identity Matching: Three Lessonsp. 113
See the Pitfalls of Being an "Insider"p. 114
Make a Long-Term Commitment to Build Relationshipsp. 115
Bring Capacity Building to Executive Transitionsp. 117
Leave Knowledge on the Ground, Supporting Sustainabilityp. 118
Cultural Competency as Changing Institutionsp. 121
Wake Up to Privilegep. 122
The Privilege Continuump. 124
Recognize and Extend Privilegep. 125
Understand the Types of Powerp. 126
Challenge Conventional Beliefs about Powerp. 128
Exercise Power Deliberatelyp. 128
Notice and Name the Various Forms of Oppressionp. 130
Dealing with Power Differentialsp. 130
Examine Systems and Structuresp. 131
How Language Intersects with Powerp. 131
Looking for Structural Racismp. 134
Match Individual Change with Institutional Changep. 135
Building Capacity for Advocacy: Eight Key Principlesp. 136
Continuing the Conversation about Cultural Competencyp. 139
Keep Asking Questionsp. 139
Review Some Answersp. 141
Speak Your Vision of Justicep. 142
Resourcesp. 145
Key Terms for Cultural Competencyp. 147
Capacity Buildingp. 147
Cultural Competencyp. 147
Culturep. 150
Diversityp. 150
Inclusivenessp. 151
Internalized Oppressionp. 151
Racial Equityp. 152
Structural Racismp. 152
White Privilegep. 153
Summary of Research Findingsp. 155
How Does Cultural Competency Differ from Mainstream Practice, and Why Is It Important?p. 155
How Can Cultural Competency Be Applied in Practice?p. 157
What Are Long-Term Implications for the Capacity-Building Field?p. 160
Literature Reviewp. 161
Context for This Literature Reviewp. 161
Key Pointsp. 162
Effectiveness as a Matter of Cultural Competencyp. 164
Community Building-Race, Cultural, History, and Powerp. 166
Finding the Ways Forwardp. 170
Cultural Grounding for Effective Nonprofit Supportp. 172
Nonprofit Leadership and Diversityp. 173
Informing Practice, Making Changep. 177
Cultural Competency in Money Mattersp. 178
Capacity-Building Strategiesp. 182
Lessons from Other Arenasp. 184
Conclusionp. 186
Voices from the Field: Stories from Peer Dialoguesp. 187
Matters of Time, Commitment, and Resourcesp. 187
Strategies for Matching Cultural Identityp. 188
Grounding the Capacity-Building Relationshipp. 189
Honoring Culture, Transforming Dynamicsp. 190
Place, Politics, and Past in Cultural Identityp. 191
Insider-Outsider Dynamicsp. 193
Religion, Family, and Other Distinctionsp. 195
Cultural Competency in Grantmaker Practicep. 196
Strategies for Dealing with Internalized Oppression and Structural Racismp. 199
Self-Assessment in Three Partsp. 207
Resource G: Bibliographyp. 211
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 237
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