Excerpts from "The Value of Cultural Competence"
(see http://www.crc.losrios.edu/About_CRC/Cultural_Competence.htm for the full statement)
Cosumnes River College is a comprehensive community college within the Los Rios Community College District with a diverse student and staff population. For this reason, the college actively pursues values, attitudes, and practices that promote healthy, constructive interactions in a diverse community. We also strive to provide an environment here cultural competence is the norm.
Cultural competence implies an integrated pattern of collective behavior, including habits, customs, values, beliefs, and institutions. It encompases the skills needed to interact positively with all people - embracing their race/ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, ability, or physical abilities. Cultural competence is also an ongoing process of institutional, professional and personal development through assessment and revision.
To promote cultural competence and create a truly democratic learning environment, CRC values: 1) diversity and pluralism 2) continuous personal and professional development, assessment and revision 3) awareness of the dynamics of cross-cultural interactions 4) the ongoing pursuit of teaching strategies and student services that better serves diverse populations 5) an environment of inclusion, equity, and justice.
The Cultural Competence and Equity Committee hopes that the resources on the attached pages reflect these values and commitments, contribute to the realization of this vision and facilitate the ongoing development of culturally competent staff and students.