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Learn to understand cultures and build relationships with people from other cultures.

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Relationships are powerful. Our individual connections with each other are the foundation for change. And build relationships with people from different cultures,often many different cultures, is critical in building diverse communities that are powerful enough to achieve meaningful goals.

If you want to ensure that your children receive a good education, provide quality health care for your communities or promote economic development, it is likely that you will need to work with people from different racial, linguistic, ethnic or economic groups. 🇧🇷 And to work effectively with people from different cultural groups, you'll need to build strong, caring relationships based on trust, understanding and shared goals.

Because? Whytrust relationshipsthey are the glue that holds people together as they work on a common problem. As people work through challenging problems, they will have to stick together when the going gets tough. You'll need to support each other to keep up with the effort, even when it feels daunting. People will have to resist the efforts of those who use divide-and-conquer techniques, pitting one cultural group against another.

Regardless of your racial, ethnic, religious or socioeconomic background, you may need to build relationships with people whose group you know very little about.

Each of us is like the hub of a wheel. Each of us can build relationships and friendships around us that give us the strength we need to achieve community goals. If each person builds a network of strong and diverse relationships, we can come together and solve problems we have in common.

In this section we will talk about:

  • Become aware of your own culture as a first step to learning about other people's cultures.
  • Build relationships with people from many different cultures.

But first let's talk aboutwhat culture is this🇧🇷 Culture is a complex concept with many different definitions. But only"culture" refers to a group or community with which we share common experiences that shape the way we understand the world🇧🇷 It includes groups we are born into, such as race, national origin, class, or religion. It may also include groups that we participate in or are a part of. For example, we may acquire a new culture through moving to a new region, through a change in our economic status, or through becoming disabled. When we think about culture so broadly, we realize that we all belong to many cultures at the same time. Agrees? How might this apply to you?

How do you learn about people's cultures?

Start by becoming aware of your own culture.

It may seem strange that, in order to learn about people from other cultures, we start by becoming more aware of our own culture. But we believe this to be true. Because?

If you haven't had a chance to understand firsthand how your culture has affected you, it's harder to understand how it might affect other people or why it might matter to them. If you are comfortable talking about your own culture, you will be better able to listen to others talk about theirs. Or, if you understand how discrimination has affected you, you may be more aware of how it has affected others.

Here are some tips on how to be more aware of your own culture:

What is your culture?

Do you have a culture? Do you have more than one? What is your cultural background?

Even if you don't know who your ancestors are, you have a culture. Even if you are a mixture of many cultures, you have one. Culture evolves and changes all the time. It comes from your ancestors many generations ago and it comes from your family and community today.

In addition to the cultural groups we belong to, we also have groups we identify with, such as being a parent, athlete, immigrant, small business owner, or salaried worker. These types of groups, while not exactly the same as a culture, do have similarities to cultural groups. For example, being a parent or an immigrant can be an identity that influences how you see the world and how the world sees you. Becoming aware of your different identities can help you understand what it would be like to belong to a cultural group.


Try listing all the cultures and identities you have: (This is just a list of suggestions to get you started. Add as many as you think describe you.)

What is your:

the race
sexual identity
Marital status
geographic region


a woman
a male
non-binary or genderqueer
from an urban area
from the countryside
A father
A student

Have you ever been:

in military strength
in prision
in the middle class
in the working class

Did it help you think about your identities and cultures? How have these different cultures and identities affected your life?

How do you build relationships with people from other cultures?

There are many ways that people can learn about other people's cultures and build relationships at the same time. Here are some steps you can take. They are first listed and then elaborated one by one.

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  • Make a conscious decision to make friends with people from other cultures.
  • Put yourself in situations where you will meet people from other cultures.
  • Examine your prejudices about people from other cultures.
  • Ask people questions about their cultures, customs and views.
  • Read about other people's culture and history.
  • Listen to people tell their stories.
  • Note differences in communication styles and values; don't assume the majority way is the right way
  • risk making mistakes
  • Learn to be an ally.

Make a conscious decision to establish friendships with people from other cultures.

Making a decision is the first step. To build relationships with people who are different from you, you must make a concerted effort to do so. There are social forces that serve to separate us from each other. People from different economic groups, religions, ethnic groups and races are often isolated from each other in schools, jobs and neighborhoods. So if we want things to be different, we must take active steps to make them different.

You might join a sports team or club, be active in an organization, choose a job, or move to a neighborhood that brings you into contact with people from cultures other than your own. Also, you might want to take a few minutes to look at the diversity that is around. By thinking about the people you see and interact with every day, you can become more aware of the cultural differences around you.

Once you've made the decision to befriend people who are different from you, you can befriend them like anyone else. You may need more time and you may need to be more persistent. You may need to reach out and take the initiative more than you are used to. People who have been mistreated by society may take longer to trust you than people who haven't. Don't let people get you down. There are good reasons why people build defenses, but it's not impossible to get past them and make a connection. The effort is totally worth it.

Put yourself in situations where you will meet people from other cultures; especially if you haven't yet experienced being a minority, take a risk.

One of the first and most important steps is introducing yourself to places where you will meet people from cultures different from your own. Go to meetings and celebrations of groups whose members you want to meet. Or go to restaurants and other places frequented by different cultural groups. You may feel embarrassed or shy at first, but your efforts will pay off. People in a cultural group will notice if you venture to attend one of their events. If it's hard for you to be the only person like yourself present, you can bring a friend and help each other make friends. At these events, it's important to participate, but make sure you don't become the center of the event to raise the voices and actions of the people leading the event.

Examine Your Prejudicesabout people from other cultures.

We all carry misinformation and stereotypes about people from different cultures. Especially when we're young, we pick up this information from bits and pieces of television, listening to people talk, and the culture in general. We're not bad people because we've acquired that; no one asked to be misinformed. But to build relationships with people from different cultures, we need to become aware of the misinformation we collect.

A great way to become aware of your own stereotypes is to pick groups that you generalize about and write down their opinions. Once you've done this, examine the thoughts that came to your mind and where you got them from.

Another way to become aware of stereotypes is to talk about them with people from cultures similar to yours. In these environments, you can talk about the misinformation you've acquired without being offensive to people in a certain group. You can get together with a friend or two and talk about how you've acquired stereotypes or fears of different people. You can answer these types of questions:

  • How did your parents feel about different ethnic, racial, or religious groups?
  • What did your parents communicate to you with their actions and words?
  • Were your parents friends with people from many different groups?
  • What did you learn in school about a particular group?
  • Was there a lack of information about some people?
  • Are there any people you turn away from? Because?

Ask people questions about their cultures, customs and views.

Most people want to be asked questions about their lives and cultures. Many of us were told that asking questions was intrusive; But if we're thoughtful, asking questions can help you learn about people from different cultures and help build relationships. Usually, people are pleasantly surprised when other people show interest in them.theircultures If you are honest and can listen, people will tell you a lot.

Read about other people's cultures and histories.

It helps to read and learn about people's cultures and histories. If you know something about the reality of someone's life and history, it shows that you care enough to find out. It also provides background information that will make it easier for you to ask questions that make sense.

However, you don't have to be an expert on someone's culture to get to know them or ask questions. However, people who belong to a culture are often the best experts.

Don't forget to take care and show affection.

It's easy to forget that the foundation of any relationship is love. Everyone wants to care and be cared for. Caring about people is what makes a relationship real. Don't let your discomfort with cultural differences get in the way of your concern for people.

Listen to people tell their stories.

If you have the opportunity to hear someone tell their life story firsthand, you can learn a lot and build a strong relationship at the same time.Eachperson has an important story to tell. Each person's story tells something about their culture.

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By listening to people's stories, we can get a more complete picture of what their lives are like: their feelings, their nuances and the richness of their lives. Listening to people also helps us overcome our numbness: there is a real person in front of us, not someone reduced to media stereotypes.

Also, listening to members of groups who have been discriminated against can give us a better understanding of what that experience is like. Listening gives us a picture of discrimination that is more real than what we can get from reading an article or listening to the radio.


You can informally ask people in your neighborhood or organization to tell part of their life stories as a member of a particular group. You can also incorporate this activity into a workshop or retreat for your group or organization. Ask people to take five or ten minutes to talk about a part of their life stories. If the group is large, you will likely need to break into small groups so that everyone has a chance to speak.

Note differences in communication styles and values; don't assume that the majority way is the right way.

We all tend to assume that the way most people do things is acceptable, normal, or okay. As community workers, we need to learn about cultural differences in values ​​and communication styles, not assume that the majority way is the right way to think or behave.


You are in a group discussion. Some group members do not speak, while others dominate, filling all the silences. The most vocal members of the group are exasperated that the others don't speak. It also appears that the most talkative people are those who are members of the more dominant culture, while the least talkative are from minority cultures.

How do we understand this? How can this be resolved?

In some cultures, people are uncomfortable with silence, so they speak to fill in the silences. In other cultures, it is customary to wait for a period of silence before speaking. If there are no silences, people in these cultures may never speak. Furthermore, members of some groups (women, the poor, some racial and ethnic minorities, and others) do not speak up because they have received messages from society at large that their contribution is not as important as that of others; they got into the habit of subjecting their thinking to the thinking of others.

When a few people don't share your thinking, we all lose. We all need the opinions and voices of those traditionally discouraged from contributing.

In situations like the one described above, getting impatient with people for not speaking up is often counterproductive. However, you can structure a meeting to encourage quieter people to speak up. For example, you can:

  • Ask people to break into pairs before discussing a topic in the larger group.
  • At certain times, ask each person in the circle to make a comment. (People can pass if they want).
  • Follow a lead of everyone speaking once, before anyone speaks twice.
  • Invite quieter people to lead part of the meeting.
  • Talk about the issue openly in a meeting, and invite the more talkative people to try talking less often.
  • Between meetings, ask quieter people what would help them speak up or ask them for ideas on how a meeting should be run.

A high school basketball team has to practice and play many afternoons and evenings. One team member is a recent immigrant whose family requires her to attend birthday parties for all of her extended family members. The coach is disgusted with the parents for this demand, as he removes his player from the team.

How do we understand this? How can this be resolved?

Families have different values, especially when it comes to family closeness, loyalty and responsibility. In many immigrant and ethnic families, young people are required to put the needs of their family before the demands of extracurricular activities. Young people from immigrant families who grew up in the United States often feel torn between the majority culture and the culture of their families; they feel pressure from each culture to live up to their values ​​and feel they must choose between the two.

As community workers, we must support and respect immigrant and minority families and their values. It can already be a big concession for a family to allow a teenager to participate in extracurricular activities. We need to take cultural differences into account and try to help young people feel that they can have both worlds, rather than having to reject one set of values ​​for another.

As community builders, it helps develop relationships with parents. Seeing that her parents relate to people from the dominant culture can help a young woman feel accepted by her family. It helps the teen to be more connected with his family and his community, and also, both relationships are critical protective factors for drug and alcohol abuse and other dangerous behaviors. Also, by building relationships with parents, we develop lines of communication so that when conflicts arise, they can be more easily resolved.

risk making mistakes

When building relationships with people who have cultural backgrounds different from yours, you are likely to make mistakes at some point. It passes. Don't let the fear of making mistakes stop you from moving forward and building relationships.

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If you say or do something insensitive, you might learn something from it. Ask the affected person what upset or offended them, apologize and continue building the relationship. Don't let guilt take over you.

Learn to be an ally

One of the best ways to help you build relationships with people from different cultures is to show that you are willing to take a stand against discrimination when it occurs. People will be much more motivated to meet you if they see that you are willing to take risks for them.

We also need to educate ourselves and stay informed so that we understand the issues each group is facing and engage in their struggles, rather than sitting on the sidelines and watching from a distance. Learn about other cultures by doing your own research, don't ask others to do it for you. There are many resources in this chapter to help you learn.

In short

Friendship is powerful. It is our connection to each other that gives our lives meaning. Our care for one another is often what motivates us to make changes. And making connections with people from diverse backgrounds can be the key to making meaningful changes in our communities.

As individuals and in groups,we canchange our communities. We can establish neighborhoods and institutions where people commit to working to form strong relationships and alliances with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. We can build networks and coalitions where people know each other's struggles and are willing to help. Together we can.

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Brown University Training Materials:Cultural Competence and Community Studies: Concepts and Practices for Cultural CompetenceThe Northeast Education Association offers online access to PowerPoint training slides on topics of research ethics and cultural competence in environmental research. These were created for professionals/students in environmental science, health and politics; and community-based research. If you are interested in receiving an electronic copy of one of the presentations, simply download the Materials Request Form (found on the Training Presentations main page under "Related Files"), complete the form, and email it

The Center for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Servicescollects and describes resources for early childhood/early intervention and serves as an information hub for users.

Chapter 8: Respect for Diversityin "Introduction to Community Psychology," he explains cultural humility as an approach to diversity, the dimensions of diversity, the complexity of identity, and important cultural considerations.

culture mattersis a cross-cultural training manual developed by Peace Corps to help new volunteers gain the knowledge and skills to work successfully and respectfully in other cultures.

The Thematic Group of Interest in International and Intercultural Assessment, an affiliated organization of the American Evaluation Association, provides professional development opportunities for evaluators interested in cross-cultural issues.

The Multicultural Pavilionprovides resources and dialogue for educators, students, and activists on all aspects of multicultural education.

The National Center for Cultural Competenceat Georgetown University enhances the ability of health care and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. Publications and web links available.

Life Kit of the National Public Radio Projectdiscusses the importance of parents discussing social identities with their children.

SIL International puts at your disposal"the stranger's eyes”, an article that discusses cultural sensitivity with questions that can be powerful discussion tools.

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Study, Discussion and Action on Issues of Race, Racism and Inclusion:A partial list of resources used and prepared by YusefMgeni.

Unpacking the Invisible Backpack: Reflect on how your privilege allows you to walk the world to better connect with others in this essay by Peggy McIntosh.


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How do you work with different cultures interview question? ›

Tell me about a time you worked on a team with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Describe a time when you found it difficult to work with someone from a different background. Describe a situation that required you to consider a different perspective from your own when exploring an issue.

How can people from different cultural and social backgrounds learn to understand each other? ›

Read about other people's cultures and histories

If you know something about the reality of someone's life and history, it shows that you care enough to take the time to find out about it. It also gives you background information that will make it easier to ask questions that make sense.

What are 4 strategies that support cultural competence? ›

How do I become culturally competent?
  • Learn about yourself. Get started by exploring your own historical roots, beliefs and values, says Robert C. ...
  • Learn about different cultures. ...
  • Interact with diverse groups. ...
  • Attend diversity-focused conferences. ...
  • Lobby your department.

What are 3 examples of cultural differences in the workplace? ›

4 types of cultural diversity in the workplace
  • Age.
  • Gender identity, biological sex, and sexual orientation.
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Disability.

How would you manage working with people with different cultures? ›

How to Manage a Multicultural Team
  • Overcome Language and Cultural Barriers. ...
  • Consider Different Cultural Communication Styles. ...
  • Plan Projects Around Different Time Zones. ...
  • Allow Prep Time Whenever Your Team Needs It. ...
  • Be Open to All Cultures and Their Differences. ...
  • Organize a Cross-Cultural Training. ...
  • Avoid Stereotypes.
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What three steps can be helpful in communication with culturally diverse people? ›

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  • Use clear language. When you are communicating with a culturally diverse audience, keep your language clear, concise, and straightforward. ...
  • Understand differences in body language. ...
  • Practise reflective listening or paraphrasing. ...
  • Be open and inclusive of other cultures.
1 Apr 2021

What are 3 ways to promote diversity? ›

What are the best ways to promote diversity?
  • Educate Managers on the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace.
  • Create More Inclusive Workplace Policies.
  • Communicate Clearly and Create Employee-Led Task Forces.
  • Offer Meaningful Opportunities for Employee Engagement.
  • Create Mentorship Programs.
  • [
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How do you show respect for diversity in communication with all people? ›

How to Use Good Communication Skills for Cross-Cultural Diversity
  1. Slow down when you speak. ...
  2. Speak clearly and concisely. ...
  3. Keep it simple. ...
  4. Maintain respect and courtesy for people who come from different cultures. ...
  5. Smile and be open. ...
  6. Avoid slang. ...
  7. Shun humor.

How do you build relationships with people who are from a different cultural backgrounds than your own? ›

Learn to be an ally.
  1. Make a conscious decision to establish friendships with people from other cultures. ...
  2. Put yourself in situations where you will meet people of other cultures; especially if you haven't had the experience of being a minority, take the risk. ...
  3. Examine your biases about people from other cultures.
23 Feb 2016

How do you build your own understanding of others from different backgrounds? ›

Talk to someone from a different cultural background

Try and get to know someone from a different cultural background better. You don't necessarily have to ask them directly about their culture, but by getting to know them as a friend or peer, you'll automatically find out more about their life and experiences.

How do you effectively lead people who come from different cultural backgrounds? ›

Leading diverse teams: 8 tips for cross-cultural management
  • Address unconscious cultural bias. ...
  • Embrace communication style differences. ...
  • Offer flexible working. ...
  • Maximise monthly review meetings. ...
  • Break the language barrier. ...
  • Stay up to date on international affairs. ...
  • Keep activities inclusive.
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What are 3 examples of strategies to help improve culturally competent care? ›

  • Provide interpreter services.
  • Recruit and retain minority staff.
  • Provide training to increase cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.
  • Coordinate with traditional healers.
  • Use community health workers.
  • Incorporate culture-specific attitudes and values into health promotion tools.

How do you build cultural competence in the workplace? ›

Be committed to promoting cultural competence. Develop this commitment through staff development and training, hiring, retention, career advancement, performance evaluations, and employee policies that support culturally competent and linguistically appropriate practice.

How do you show cultural competence in the workplace? ›

Cultural competency refers to a company's understanding and knowledge of different cultures and perspectives. It can be improved in a variety of ways, like forming employee resource groups, hosting guest speakers on certain topics and celebrating the different cultures and backgrounds that make up your company.

What are three 3 benefits of having a culturally diverse workplace? ›

8 Benefits Of Having Workplace Cultural Diversity
  • Increased Creativity. ...
  • Boosts Productivity. ...
  • Various Perspectives. ...
  • Improved Innovation. ...
  • Faster Problem Solving. ...
  • Improved Decision Making. ...
  • Reduced Employee Turnover. ...
  • Helpful Language Skills.

How do you resolve cultural conflict in the workplace? ›

There are three ways of cross-cultural conflict resolution.
  1. Probing for the cultural dimension. The resolution process should start from the parties' acknowledgment that their conflict contains a cultural dimension. ...
  2. Learning about other cultures. ...
  3. Altering organizational practices and procedures.

How can you build relationships with your co workers from different cultural background? ›

Building an environment of tolerance and celebration of various cultures helps overcome barriers. Communication is key to employees working well together despite differences in background or culture. Training specific to communication and diversity helps employees learn to deal well with one another.

Why is it important to work with people from different cultures? ›

A culturally diverse workplace empowers people to develop their talents and skills. A range of ideas and expertise enables those to learn from a more diverse collection of colleagues. It can also boost problem-solving capabilities and increase happiness and productivity.

What is the best way to manage conflicts based on cultural differences? ›

The best way to resolve or handle cultural conflict is by learning about other cultures. Organizations work in diverse environments. This gives people the opportunity to interact regardless of culture (Wang, 2018).

What are 5 ways to respect cultural diversity? ›

If you think of your own way of life as the default and everyone else's as a strange variation, it's hard to approach those differences with respect.
Here are some ways to learn more.
  • Make friends. ...
  • Talk to people. ...
  • Read. ...
  • Watch movies. ...
  • Listen to radio shows and podcasts. ...
  • Explore.

What are 3 work practices that can be considered to be culturally appropriate? ›

Workplace practices that are culturally appropriate and demonstrate inclusiveness include celebrating different cultural holidays, sharing food from other cultures and appreciating art and literature from around the world.

What are 5 actions that we can do to respect the diversity? ›

How to respect diversity in a school or work environment
  • Accept people's differences but find common ground. ...
  • Learn something new from people that are different to you, don't shut it down. ...
  • Make sure you give everyone a chance to have an opinion. ...
  • Avoid using stereotypes and recognise and address your own bias.

What are some examples of inclusion in the workplace? ›

10 Examples of Inclusive Behaviors in the Workplace
  • Hire from a wide variety of backgrounds. ...
  • Ask questions on a regular basis. ...
  • Create a system for addressing misunderstandings and resolving disagreements. ...
  • Address inequalities through transparent dialogue. ...
  • Listen to all voices during meetings.
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What are three 3 examples of cultural bias? ›

Some examples of cultural influences that may lead to bias include:
  • Linguistic interpretation.
  • Ethical concepts of right and wrong.
  • Understanding of facts or evidence-based proof.
  • Intentional or unintentional ethnic or racial bias.
  • Religious beliefs or understanding.
  • Sexual attraction and mating.
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Why is it important to support and respect diversity? ›

Good equality and diversity practices make sure that the services provided to people are fair and accessible to everyone. They ensure that people are treated as equals, that people get the dignity and respect they deserve and that their differences are celebrated.

How do you build relationships with diverse people? ›

15 Tips for Building Stronger Cross-cultural Relationships
  1. Start with your own bias. ...
  2. Identify your intentions. ...
  3. Smile and say hello. ...
  4. Educate yourself. ...
  5. Spend time in unfamiliar spaces. ...
  6. Don't tokenize. ...
  7. It's not all about you. ...
  8. Don't appropriate.
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How do you build a relationship with people who are different? ›

The next time you are in conversation with someone with whom you do not share much in common, try using the strategies below.
  1. Before you make assumptions, get to know them as a unique individual. ...
  2. Ask questions. ...
  3. Listen to learn, grow, and build relationships of care. ...
  4. Offer and accept feedback with grace and humility.
6 Jul 2022

How do you strengthen your relationship with the people around you in spite of our differences? ›

Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship
  1. Spend time together. ...
  2. Ask for what you need. ...
  3. Try not to hold in resentment, anger, and fear. ...
  4. Express anger in a productive way. ...
  5. Hug/kiss each other hello and goodbye. ...
  6. Talk about what's working in the relationship. ...
  7. Give each other a compliment at least once a day. ...
  8. Give each other space.
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How do you communicate collaborate with people from different cultures? ›

Here are some of the lessons I've learned and applied along the way on how to create cross-cultural collaboration:
  1. Know your problem. ...
  2. Look for similarities and celebrate differences. ...
  3. Define what your value proposition is. ...
  4. Get people in the same room. ...
  5. Lead by example, and create great case studies.
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What are the ways you can show respect to people of different cultural backgrounds? ›

Listen to their stories and experiences, without being critical or judgmental. Ask questions and take a genuine interest in what it means to be from another culture. This will not only help you to broaden your world view, but also help you to show respect for cultural differences when they arise.

Why is it important to meet people from different backgrounds? ›

Multi-Culturalism: Having friends from different cultures promotes multi-culturalism. It helps you accept people from different races and ethnicities for their uniqueness and shows how to practice beliefs different from yours.

How can you promote cultural differences in the workplace? ›

  1. Get training for global citizenship. ...
  2. Bridge the culture gap with good communication skills. ...
  3. Practice good manners. ...
  4. Celebrate traditional holidays, festivals, and food. ...
  5. Observe and listen to foreign customers and colleagues.
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What are three strategies you can implement to increase your cultural competency as a community health education practitioner? ›

To develop cultural competence, healthcare professionals need to identify their beliefs and build an awareness of their culture.
Promote Awareness and Education to Improve Cultural Competence in Health Care
  • Improved rapport.
  • Tailored treatment plans.
  • Improved patient attendance and compliance.
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How can you provide culturally competent care to others? ›

Here are 5 ways to help you provide culturally competent nursing care.
  1. Perform a cultural competence self-assessment. ...
  2. Obtain a certificate in cultural competence. ...
  3. Improve communication and language barriers. ...
  4. Directly engage in cross-cultural interactions with patients. ...
  5. Participate in online chats and networks.
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What techniques and strategies can you use to effectively handle a cross-cultural conflict? ›

Top Ten Tips for... Effective Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Maintain etiquette. Many cultures have specific etiquette around the way they communicate. ...
  • Avoid slang. ...
  • Speak slowly. ...
  • Keep it simple. ...
  • Practice active listening. ...
  • Take turns to talk. ...
  • Write things down. ...
  • Avoid closed questions.

What are 4 culturally appropriate work practices? ›

A culturally safe workplace provides all workers with a workplace that has:
  • Respectful communication.
  • Two-way dialogue.
  • An environment that values all contributions.
  • Recognition and avoidance of stereotypical barriers.
  • Shared knowledge.
21 Dec 2021

What are the 4 elements of cultural competence? ›

Cultural competence is comprised of four components: (a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview, (b) Attitude towards cultural differences, (c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and; (d) Cross cultural Skills.

What is the best way to demonstrate cultural competence? ›

4 Steps to Becoming Culturally Competent
  1. Learn About Your Culture and Biases. Many of the biases we hold are unconscious, meaning we're not aware we have them. ...
  2. Actively Listen. Active listening is a useful tool for practicing cultural competency. ...
  3. Show Interest Through Participation. ...
  4. Seek Out Cultural Knowledge.
9 Feb 2022

What two or three strategies can you use to develop cultural competence? ›

Fortunately, say Helms and other experts, there are plenty of ways to get that training and experience on your own:
  • Learn about yourself. ...
  • Learn about different cultures. ...
  • Interact with diverse groups. ...
  • Attend diversity-focused conferences. ...
  • Lobby your department.

What is an example of being culturally competent? ›

For example, educators who respect diversity and are culturally competent: have an understanding of, and honour, the histories, cultures, languages, traditions, child rearing practices. value children's different capacities and abilities. respect differences in families' home lives.

How do you demonstrate a culture of compliance? ›

7 Building Blocks for a Culture of Compliance
  1. Set the Tone from the Top. ...
  2. Engage Employees from the Start. ...
  3. Make the Compliance Team Real and Relatable. ...
  4. Embed Compliance, Integrity and Values in Everything You Do. ...
  5. Ensure Compliance Teams Guide But Don't Dictate. ...
  6. Clear Compliance Processes Are Vital. ...
  7. Make the Most of Technology.
14 Oct 2021

How do you answer cultural interview questions? ›

Follow these tips for answering the cultural fit interview questions a hiring manager may ask you:
  1. Take a pause. Before answering, take a brief moment to think about your response. ...
  2. Be honest. ...
  3. Ask for clarification. ...
  4. Use real examples. ...
  5. Show your personality.

How will you deal with cultural differences in a workplace give one example? ›

Here are 5 ways to overcome cultural barriers at work and help employees be more mindful and respectful of cultural differences.
  • An Example of Working with Colleagues from Multiple Cultures. ...
  • Promote Understanding to Fight Stereotypes. ...
  • Be Flexible with Employee Schedules. ...
  • Host Team-Building Activities.
15 Nov 2018

How do you deal with different cultures of different nationalities? ›

Here are some ways to learn more.
  1. Make friends. Get to know your friends' families and see how their customs and traditions differ from yours. ...
  2. Talk to people. When you meet people from a different culture, ask them about their lives. ...
  3. Read. ...
  4. Watch movies. ...
  5. Listen to radio shows and podcasts. ...
  6. Explore.

How will you deal with a different cultural environment? ›

The best way to practice effective communication in a multi-cultural environment is by keeping an open mind, have some knowledge of cultural differences, practice active listening (getting used to different accents) and watch your nonverbal communication as well your voice tone.

How do you respond to cultural conflict? ›

The best way to resolve or handle cultural conflict is by learning about other cultures. Organizations work in diverse environments. This gives people the opportunity to interact regardless of culture (Wang, 2018).

What is cultural diversity question answer? ›

Ans : The term diversity implies differences rather than inequalities. When we say that India is a nation of great cultural diversity, we mean that there are many different types of social groups and communities living here. Different types of social groups and communities live here.

What are five actions you can take to understand diverse client cultures? ›

7 Steps Nurses Can Take to Provide Culturally Sensitive Care
  • Awareness. As with any social issue, the first step is awareness. ...
  • Avoid Making Assumptions. ...
  • Learn About Other Cultures. ...
  • Build Trust and Rapport. ...
  • Overcome Language Barriers. ...
  • Educate Patients About Medical Practices. ...
  • Practice Active Listening.
15 Jan 2022

How can you support cultural differences in the workplace? ›

Strategies to Promote Inclusiveness
  1. Acknowledge Differences. ...
  2. Offer Implicit Bias Training -- for Everyone. ...
  3. Provide Mentors. ...
  4. Let People Learn by Doing. ...
  5. Encourage Personal Evaluation. ...
  6. Ask Questions. ...
  7. Value All Diversity.
6 Oct 2015

How do you build cultural diversity in the workplace? ›

Here are four ways companies can create more diverse workplaces that inspire innovation.
  1. Revamp The Recruitment Process. ...
  2. Understand Limitations And Embrace New Perspectives. ...
  3. Create Pathways For Success With Retention Tools. ...
  4. Recognize And Celebrate Differences.
22 Jul 2020

What is the best way to promote diversity of different cultures? ›

What are the best ways to promote diversity?
  1. Educate Managers on the Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace.
  2. Create More Inclusive Workplace Policies.
  3. Communicate Clearly and Create Employee-Led Task Forces.
  4. Offer Meaningful Opportunities for Employee Engagement.
  5. Create Mentorship Programs.
  6. [
22 Aug 2022

How do you handle conflict in cultural differences? ›

People can prevent cross-cultural conflicts by learning about cultures that they come in contact with. This knowledge can be obtained through training programs, general reading, talking to people from different cultures, and learning from past experiences.

What are good ways for someone to adjust to a new culture what can you do to learn about and understand a new culture? ›

Strategies to help you cope with the adjustment process
  1. Culture is relative. ...
  2. Be open-minded and curious. ...
  3. Use your observation skills. ...
  4. Ask questions. ...
  5. It's ok to experience anxiety. ...
  6. Give yourself (and others) permission to make mistakes. ...
  7. Take care of your physical health. ...
  8. Find a cultural ally.

What factors should you keep in mind when dealing with different cultures? ›

6 factors to consider when working with different cultures
25 Jul 2018


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