I Am with You in Your Pain: Privilege, Humanity, and Cultural Humility in Social Work

  • Cindy Hunter James Madison University
Keywords: cultural humility, ethics, El Salvador, cross cultural relationships, international social work


In this narrative, I, a social work professor, share the empowerment process I teach undergraduate social work students as well as how I practice that process myself. I reconnect with a community in El Salvador where I had worked for five years. I discover that cultural humility dilemmas occur when professional and personal boundaries, community life, and academic expectations have conflicting demands. Ethical relationships remain most important as lessons for teaching and practice are shared.

Cultural Humility in Education and Practice