Cultural Humility: A Life-Long Transformation

  • Natalie Moore-Bembry Rutgers, The State University of NJ
Keywords: cultural humility, cultural competency


For years, I subscribed to the concept of cultural competence. I believed I needed to acquire as much knowledge as I could about cultures through textbooks and workshops. However, as I continued to work in the field, I started to realize the knowledge I gained did not relate to a specific cultural group, but to an individual experience. Although we learned to seek information from individuals to make an accurate assessment, I still held some beliefs that I later learned were viewed as stereotypes and/or generalizations. I then stumbled across cultural humility, thus changing my mindset on how I approached life and people in general.

Cultural Humility in Education and Practice