ACC: Faces of Our Mission
Susan Warner Thomason, Director, Instructional Development Services, produced this video for an Austin Community College faculty workshop. We are including it here because it celebrates not only the diversity of the students at ACC, but also of the diversity of courses and programs the College offers to match interest, talent, and potential with achievement.
February 2014: Black History Month. Theme: "Civil Rights in America."
Fifty years ago, on July 2, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. The Civil Rights Act sought to end de jure (lawful) segregation and racism in the United States and formed the legislative basis for most future civil rights law in the country ("Civil Rights Act (1964)."
Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents. Ed. Randall M. Miller. Vol. 4: World War I to the Present. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 185-186. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 15 Jan. 2014)."
What Is Diversity?
Diversity, simply stated, is difference--the characteristics and experiences that make us uniquely who we are. We promote the understanding of diversity as a celebration of differences and identification of similarities. Fred Rogers (1928–2003), children's television producer and star of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," is quoted often on this topic:
"As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same than we are different. That may be the most essential message of all...."(Fred Rogers Company)
“What's been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness. …. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You're MUCH more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.” (Quotes, Goodreads)
What is Cultural Competence/Competency?
"Cultural competence refers to the process by which individuals and systems respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each."
--Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice. National Association of Social Workers. 2007 p. 12-13.
Cultural competency is "the capacity to function effectively in cultural settings other than one's own. This will usually involve a recognition of the diversity both between and within cultures, a capacity for cultural self-assessment, and a willingness to adapt personal behaviors and practices."
--APA Dictionary of Psychology. American Psychological Association. REF BF31 .A63 2007 p. 249.
Cultural competency goes beyond diversity, enabling us to communicate our appreciation and respect for our differences in order to teach, assist, care for, and work with one another.
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