Navigating Difference

Navigating Difference is a cultural competency training for professionals who work in communities. A statewide team of Purdue trainers offer a three-hour interactive workshop on cultural awareness to groups who are interested in working more effectively with others. An intensive three-day Navigating Difference training is also available for those who want to deepen their knowledge, skills and appreciation for connecting across diverse audiences.

Overview

Helping Professionals Work More Effectively Across Cultural Differences

This research-based training helps individuals gain the knowledge, skills and attitude to increase their own cultural competence in order to build more inclusive work environments and communities. Developed by Washington State University Extension, Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training has successfully trained Extension professionals, librarians, educators, health and social service providers, public servants, law enforcement and public safety professionals in many states. The goals for the training are to assist participants to:

  • Become more aware of their own personal and organizational cultures;
  • Examine how our personal and organizational cultures affect our ability to work across difference, in both negative and positive ways; and
  • Build skills to increase competencies as we work with others who are different from us.

Cultural Awareness Workshop

This is an interactive three-hour workshop in which participants explore personal and cultural values, biases, prejudices and views. Through conversation and activities, participants learn how culture shapes us, how cultures are different and similar and how we can recognize our own culture(s), including our organization’s culture.

Navigating Difference Training

This three-day (18-hour) experiential cultural competence training builds on foundations from social justice, intercultural communication and organizational development. The training intertwines research-based theories and frameworks with activities and discussion from participants’ own experiences. Each successive module builds on the previous one, deepening the participant’s learning. The five modules are:

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Cultural Knowledge
  • Cultural Interaction
  • Cultural Sensitivity

Participate

To schedule a Cultural Awareness workshop for your group, please contact Katie Zuber at zuberk@purdue.edu.

Resources

Team

Kris Parker

parkerkj@purdue.edu
219-386-5232

Kris Parker is a Community Development Regional Educator.

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Katie Zuber

zuberk@purdue.edu
812-275-4623

Katie Zuber is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Lawrence County.


Carmen DeRusha

cderusha@purdue.edu
317-275-9305

Carmen DeRusha is a Community Development Educator for Marion County.

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Jan Dougan

jmdougan@purdue.edu
812-482-1782

Jan Dougan is the County Extension Director and Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dubois County.


Cindy Hartman

hartmacm@purdue.edu
765-825-8502

Cindy Hartman is the County Extension Director, Health & Human Sciences Educator and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Fayette County.


Bill Horan

horan@purdue.edu
260-824-6412

Bill Horan is the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development Educator for Wells County.

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Samuel Johnson

sammjohnson@purdue.edu
260-481-6826

Samuel Johnson is the 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Allen County.


Andrew Martin

marti867@purdue.edu
219-285-8620

Andrew Martin is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for Newton County.


Marcia Parcell

mparcell@purdue.edu
812-926-1189

Marcia Parcell is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dearborn County.


Hugh Tonagel

tonagel@purdue.edu
219-324-9407

Hugh Tonagel is the County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for LaPorte County.


Teresa Witkoske

twitkoske@purdue.edu
260-563-0661

Teresa Witkoske is the County Extension Director and Health & Human Sciences Educator for Wabash County.


Steve Yoder

yoder46@purdue.edu
928-853-7846

Steve Yoder is a Community Development Regional Educator.

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Contact

Kris Parker

Kris Parker

Community Development Regional Educator

parkerkj@purdue.edu
219-386-5232

Katie Zuber

Katie Zuber

Health & Human Sciences Educator for Lawrence County

zuberk@purdue.edu
812-275-4623

Kym Schwinkendorf

Kym Schwinkendorf

kschwink@purdue.edu
219-386-5232