By Brad Phillips, President/CEO, Institute of Evidence Based Change
Originally posted on IEBCnow.org
When Latinos became the largest ethnic group in California this month, it was a headline-making milestone. While fairly old news (the data is from 2012), higher education is painfully slow in realizing that the student population looks significantly different than it did just 10 years ago.
Cultural competency efforts that have been in effect in health care and K-12 for nearly 20 years are just getting started at many colleges. The cultural competence concept originated in health care when providers became aware of communication challenges that stemmed from cultural differences between practitioners (usually not diverse) and patients (often much more diverse). No matter what the cause — lack of awareness, understanding and even respect — the unacceptable results in education are disparate outcomes in student learning and achievement.
To help accelerate equity and opportunity, the Institute for Evidence-Based Change, in collaboration with Educational Testing Service (ETS) will host a webinar series for California Community College faculty, administrators and staff.