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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.
Developed by Washington State University Extension, Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training helps outreach professionals expand their skills in working with diverse audiences. The goals for the training are to assist participants to:
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.
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:
To schedule a Cultural Awareness workshop for your group, please contact Katie Zuber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the Navigating Difference Training format and evaluation, refer to:
Kris Parker is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Katie Zuber is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Lawrence County.
Carmen DeRusha is a Community Development Educator for Marion County.
Jan Dougan is the County Extension Director and Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dubois County.
Cindy Hartman is the County Extension Director, Health & Human Sciences Educator and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Fayette County.
Bill Horan is the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development Educator for Wells County.
Samuel Johnson is the 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Allen County.
Andrew Martin is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for Newton County.
Marcia Parcell is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dearborn County.
Hugh Tonagel is the County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for LaPorte County.
Teresa Witkoske is the County Extension Director and Health & Human Sciences Educator for Wabash County.
Steve Yoder is a Community Development Regional Educator.