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Creating Inclusive Communities

The following resource page provides additional information connected to the four part workshop series: Using An Intercultural Approach to Creating Inclusive Communities.

1) Introduction to and foundations of intercultural competence and inclusion

This video is a snapshot of the work done by Yang Liu, a graphic artist who translated her experience of seeing multiple cultural perspectives into art.  Please remember to consider these as generalizations.

Geert Hofstede called culture the "Software of The Mind".  Over many years his work in multinational corporations led him to develop some cultural general frameworks that he used to make sense of cultural differences between nations.  It is useful to consider these frameworks as starting points to help us increase our own cultural self-awareness as well as to give us starting points to develop cultural other-awareness.  It is important to note these are generalizations and may best represent the dominant cultures in the countries studied.  It is information to consider, not information to be used to make blanket explanations.

Source: Hofstede, G. H., & Hofstede, G. J. (2005). Cultures and organizations software of the mind. McGraw-Hill.

Virtues Project List of Values:

Culture General Frameworks (values comparisons): 


2) Uncomfortable Truths and Barriers to Inclusion

This article by Peggy MacIntosh is widely used to help those of us with unearned power and privilege to understand and "see" that power and privilege.  Read this article and consider the questions she asks herself.  How would you respond to these questions?  What unearned power and privilege may your answers shine a light on?

Designed at Harvard the "tests" available at Project Implicit can be useful in helping us to see biases that we may hold.  Remember, we all have bias.  These tests are useful as a self-awareness tool and are not intended to be used as a judgement of character.

An amazing resource with definitions and examples of microaggressions that are experienced by those with identities in all dimensions of diversity:

4) Moving forward: How can we create more inclusive communities?

This is a resource from the US, however it poses some useful questions to consider when developing policy or enacting changes aimed at creating more inclusion.  It also suggests some practical strategies.