We frame Cultural Humility as way of being Culturally Reverent.
Cultural Reverence is a choice to acknowledge, learn from, relate to, and accept individuals and groups of individuals who one might perceive as different or other. This choice is grounded in the belief that there are no disposable people.
Cultural Reverence increases the ability of individuals and organizations to serve an increasingly diverse client population and with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. Whether culture be defined by race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, sexual orientation, different ability, or other self-ascribed identity, Cultural Reverence expands on a cultural competence model or similar approach by encouraging service providers to view the learning of different cultural backgrounds as a journey rather than a destination. Cultural Reverence surfaces a deep respect for another’s cultural heritage, experiences, and behavioral influences. Cultural Reverence invites an understanding that developing a culturally informed relationship continuously evolves in partnership with others in moment-to-moment interactions. Cultural Reverence requires self-introspection to better understand our own culturally-informed identities and how they influence our values, perceptions, and behavior.
Informed by Cultural Humility as developed by Dr. Melanie Tervalon, Cultural Reverence has adopted and evolved the following four principles as a guide post for assessing an individual’s and an organization’s capacity to be culturally reverent. They are experientially explored during a Cultural Reverence offering.
These principles are experientially explored during an initial training by participants in the following ways:
Self-reflection + Lifelong Learning: practitioners are invited to examine their own multiple cultural identities and the places where their own, power, privilege and unconscious bias is at work with served persons, colleagues, service partners, and others.
Client as Expert: addressing the implicit power imbalance in any service or team relationship.
Community as Expert: explores how to learn from the population(s) served about their needs, wants, and desires rather than assume or predetermine their needs, wants, and desires.
Institutional Self-Reflection + Investment: Participants explore how to engage in ongoing institutional self-assessments to determine how documents and processes (such as intakes) are or are not culturally responsive and how they might be redressed to increase cultural responsiveness.
CULTURAL HUMILITY TESTIMONIALS
The following statements are a representative sampling from anonymous, end of training evaluations since 2009.
They are from direct service providers such as clinicians, probation officers, case managers, youth workers, and nurses:
"It is very important in the line of work we do to continue to learn and talk about Cultural Humility."
"CH is a topic, which impacts our daily lives. It teaches us cultural sensitivity and effective ways to have influence on the lives of others."
"I enjoyed getting to hear from co-workers and enjoyed the discussions."
"Good information about different issues people deal with in their jobs."
"This training was very valuable to me because it helped me see others’ views. Helped me not to be so judgmental!!"
"(The training) helped me realize that I probably do prejudge people and situations – and helped me appreciate diversity."
"I learned more about myself over this 8-hour course than I’ve known/paid attention to within the last year. (The training) was a learning experience and will be very helpful through my life (and) career."
"This training gave me an opportunity to reflect and evaluate myself."
"(Shawn) made us really think and talk about experiences but in a way that we wanted."
"This training helped me a lot with my day to day interactions with people."
"We all need to heal in many different ways."
"The activities & discussions we had in training carried on after the training. I wanted to learn more & have further discussion afterwards."
"Shawn is an excellent trainer that’s engaging and thought provoking."
"The training helped me to better understand other’s perspective. I like the group activities. It gave us a chance to interact and learn a little more about the people we work with!"
"The trainer was great. He made the class fun as well as a learning experience."
"(The training) allowed me to be open minded to all of the children and not be one-track minded."
"I learned a lot about myself and other’s cultures."
"(Shawn was) very engaging – not afraid to change with the topic and dig deeper into people’s responses."
"(Shawn) related to everyone and was really engaged in the things that were brought up."
"Not just a training, but a conversation."
"This training has made me think about the way I look at people or groups."
"He made us a part of the training. He didn’t just talk to us, he talked with us."
"The training helped me identify areas of diversity I have issues with."
"Very important to understand the importance of respecting other people and listen more."
"This training was very informative and challenged me to think about things from a different perspective. Learning is the key to advancement and when you are challenged with thinking you continue to grow."
"(Shawn) made it a point too facilitate according to multiple learning styles.