Using a Lens of Cultural Humility to Dissolve Racialized Inequities for Families

  • Shannon Cambron Spalding University
  • Laneshia R. Conner
Keywords: cultural humility, child welfare, training, diversity

Abstract

With the advent of technology and social media, we are exposed to increasing amounts of overt acts of racism and hate. Though the overall impact of these occurrences is felt through the general population, it is particularly salient with human service professionals, social workers in particular. As is often the case, after egregious acts of racism have occurred, interventions and response-driven programming around cultural competency surface as a means to address ignorance and promote equality and equity. Calls go out for a curriculum strategy that not only educates from a theoretical and historic perspective, but that also demonstrates better practices for working with diverse client populations while supporting the understanding of complex issues rooted in the “-isms.” When this occurs, the focus on learning about “the other” can diminish or eliminate self-reflection. The purpose of this paper is to describe the creation of a training program rooted in the phenomena of cultural humility, the methodology of the program, measurement tools for process and outcome evaluation, and observational data about the reception of cultural humility among this group.

Published
2020-05-08
Section
Cultural Humility in Education and Practice