As we are all cultural beings who possess multiple identities, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, sex and gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status, understanding how our own identities and others’ intersect is critical to developing cultural competency. Given the many facets of culture, it is worth noting that every exchange is, potentially, a cross-cultural exchange; two individuals are unlikely to be identical in every aspect of cultural identity and expression.
As you read the following sections dealing with a variety of specific populations, we hope you do not see the information as an end in itself, but rather as a means to assist you when working collaboratively with clients in your work. It is important not to stereotype clients or over-generalize based on the information presented. Clients must be seen in their totality, as unique individuals, as people who share similarities with their reference groups, and as Homo sapiens who share the human condition with everyone.
This section provides tips and resources for providing culturally competent, diverse and inclusive services to children and youth.
The following agency assessments may be of interest for organizations working with Children and Youth:
Self Assessment for Personnel Providing Services and Supports in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Settings by Georgetown University
Self Assessment for Working with Families with Children with Disabilities and Special Health Needs by Georgetown University
Self-Assessment for Organizations Providing Services Individuals and Families Affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Other Infant Death by Georgetown University
Self-Assessment for Organizations Providing Behavioral Health Services to Children, Youth and their Families by Georgetown University
This section provides statistics, definitions, tips and resources for organizations working with Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees.
LGBTQIA is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (or queer), intersex, and asexual (or ally). While not exhaustive, this abbreviation is often used to represent the community as a whole. The Q can refer to those who are questioning their sexual or gender orientation. Similarly, the A can refer to individuals who identify as asexual or as allies to the LGBT community.
This section provides definitions of commonly misused terms surrounding LGBTQIA populations. This section also provides specific academic and governmental resources for providers LGBTQIA populations.
The following agency assessments may be of interest to for organizations working with LGBTQIA populations:
This section provides tips for working with racial / ethnic minorities. It also provides specific academic and governmental resources for providers who serve racial and ethnic minorities.
This section provides information, statistics and resources for organizations who work with people who are experiencing homelessness.
This section provides information and resources for organizations working with people who have criminal histories.
This section provides information, tips and resources for organizations working with people with disabilities. This section also dispels common myths about people with disabilities. The following agency assessments may be of interest to organizations working with People with Disabilities:
This section provides statistics, tips and resources for organizations working with seniors. The following agency assessment may be of interest to organizations working with Seniors:
This section provides information, statistics, and resources for organizations providing services to veterans.
This section provides information, statistics, and resources for organizations providing services to people with limited English proficiency.
This section provides information, statistics, and resources for organizations providing services to people with low levels of literacy.