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.


Expanding Professionals’ Skills in Working with 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:

  • 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


To schedule a Cultural Awareness workshop for your group, please contact Katie Zuber at



Kris Parker

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Health & Human Sciences Educator for Lawrence County

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