Cultural competence and cultural humility require lifelong learning and critical self-reflection. To be both culturally competent and humble, social workers must continue to learn about oppressed populations and challenge their normal way of thinking and viewing the world, to absorb others’ experiences and cultures. Recall the Week 2 Journal in which you identified a population of interest to you—perhaps one that you knew little about, or one that sparked discomfort.
For this Assignment, you enhance your knowledge of and exposure to that group by participating in a related cultural event, activity, or interview. You then create a PowerPoint presentation about this experience in which you reflect and analyze related concepts in the course.
- Recall Week 2, in which you identified a population that prompted discomfort or a desire to learn more. Select one of the following activities related to that population: attend a cultural event, conduct an interview with a member of this population, attend a social work diversity discussion, or engage in safe zone training. As a guest at this experience, remember to take a stance of cultural humility and participate respectfully.
- Afterward, reflect on the activity and to what extent the experience has influenced your perceptions of the population and diversity in general.