What Is Culture And Cultural Competence?

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Recognizing how a person’s values and beliefs shape and influence how they communicate is an invaluable tool in the business world today. This knowledge helps to appropriately tailor conversations and actions to a level where all parties involved are comfortable. This awareness, understanding and sensitivity is known as cultural competence. Introduction: Our partnership with The Society of New Americans (SNA) will help us fortify our mission to broaden access to education by donating bicycles to students who need them. Fittingly, SNA’s mission to increase access to education within the different cultural communities it serves goes hand in hand with our own. All around us is evidence that globalization has resulted in people from different cultures and backgrounds interacting more closely with one another. This is clearly evident when it comes to SNA for their employees and clients come from all over the world. We as a company will need to recognize and appreciate the role that culture plays in our lives and the lives of others in order make our partnership successful. What is culture and cultural competence? Per Wikipedia, Culture is what people eat, how they dress, beliefs they hold, and activities they practice. In order to understand cultural competence we need to first review the definitions of important terms as defined by Rice University and Open Stax College in Chapter 3: Culture: • Cultural competence – an ability to interact effectively with people of
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