Diversity Inclusion and Cultural Competency

Cultural Competency is a system in which the alignment of behaviors, attitudes, and policies allows organizations to perform more effectively and individuals to interact most respectfully. Cultural Competency is a dynamic state where efforts are continuous in order to maintain the integrity of the environment.

Resources within this area provide information on the development of multiple areas within your organization to reach cultural competency.

Diversity is the presence of difference in areas such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, economic status, education level, geographic origin, and religion amongst other things. The presence of diversity can enhance collaborative work or projects and contribute to an optimal work environment. The differences and similarities among diversity should be recognized, celebrated, and respected.

The Workforce Coalition Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Workforce Coalition has drafted a Diversity and Inclusion Compact for the nonprofit sector. The goal of the compact is to help organizations prioritize and provide resources for ensuring the diversity and inclusion of Compact signing organizations. Click here to get more information about the Diversity and Inclusion Compact and how your organization can get involved.

This topic area compliments the cultural competency efforts of Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Nonprofit Sector Workforce Coalition. Resources in this topic area will include information on differentiating between diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency, implementation of good practices, and tools on how to develop a more culturally competent organization.

Inclusion is the continual process of embracing the diversity individuals bring to an organization. In an inclusive environment they are comfortable expressing their ideas and creativity, and are aware of their value added to the organization. Inclusive environments are supportive, engaging, empowering, welcoming, and collaborative.