Cultural Competence

by Yer Lor | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Saint Paul is diverse and is consistently a place where many waves of immigrants reside. We as a community provide food, shelter, assistance, programs, education, etc. for them, but nothing for us to understand their life, culture, and traditions. I believe investing in cultural competence in our school systems is critical for Saint Paul to blossom. Yes, there are one-time workshops/race forums/etc., but after participants leave, what then? If we invest in the school system, it is integrated into their life. Not only will this diminish many stereotypes, but create an open space where students are able to ask questions to understand culture.

An example coming from a person of color: I've been ridiculed about how girls in my culture are 'sold' or 'priced' when they get married, but little do other cultures know (some times even younger generations of my culture misunderstands this) that that money given to the woman's family is used to prep the wedding and most of the leftover, if not more, is given to the newly wedded couple as dowry. In other words, the groom's side of the family pays for the wedding.

Information like this can decrease the intimidation of acknowledging another culture's practices. When you invest in cultural competence, you are investing in a forever diverse Saint Paul.

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About You

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Yer

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Lor

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Saint Paul

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Saint Paul

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

Cultural Competence

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Saint Paul is diverse and is consistently a place where many waves of immigrants reside. We as a community provide food, shelter, assistance, programs, education, etc. for them, but nothing for us to understand their life, culture, and traditions. I believe investing in cultural competence in our school systems is critical for Saint Paul to blossom. Yes, there are one-time workshops/race forums/etc., but after participants leave, what then? If we invest in the school system, it is integrated into their life. Not only will this diminish many stereotypes, but create an open space where students are able to ask questions to understand culture.
An example coming from a person of color: I've been ridiculed about how girls in my culture are 'sold' or 'priced' when they get married, but little do other cultures know (some times even younger generations of my culture misunderstands this) that that money given to the woman's family is used to prep the wedding and most of the leftover, if not more, is given to the newly wedded couple as dowry. In other words, the groom's side of the family pays for the wedding.
Information like this can decrease the intimidation of acknowledging another culture's practices. When you invest in cultural competence, you are investing in a forever diverse Saint Paul.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I understand there are language courses in high schools and immersion schools that teaches culture in Saint Paul, but mine is different, because we are learning about many different cultures. Our schools systems is very Eurocentric and rarely recognizes the benefits and investment other cultures of Saint Paul. The only time we learn about culture similarities and differences is when we create the time to outside of class time. Learning about the basics of different cultures is just as important as learning about the basics of math. We need it to succeed.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Exactly like your statement, when we're culturally competent, we bring people together and inspire collaboration because we understand one another. By understanding one's culture, we are more likely to assist, guide, support, etc. This idea will make a difference in Saint Paul because our life is surrounded by culture and it can no longer be avoided.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will remember my idea after it comes to life because it is unique in that it creates a realm of understanding, relationships, and community. We face culturally problems everyday, but many people do not understand it for there is a lack of knowledge or visibility. I know this will inspire others to implement this system because when a community goes from being divisive culturally to celebrating cultures, it creates a welcoming place that everyone desires to have.

johnshantelle143 johnshantelle143 said: Competence is normal. However every culture is unique and there is no need to protect about it. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2606 days ago read more >

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