Chair: Claudia Moreno
Cohair: Eva Lu Yuhwa
The Cultural Competence Track stimulates and promotes innovative work on cultural competence that facilitates dialogue, exploration and identifies new directions for curriculum, leadership, research, and pedagogy. Philosophically, cultural competence is approached within a social justice perspective that addresses the roles of social power, context, diversity (e.g. ethnicity, class, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation), intersectionality, and empowerment. Cultural Competence is defined as processes that promote effective interactions with individuals of all cultures based on curiosity and respect about difference related to language, class, ethnicity (race), and religion. This perspective affirms the dignity of individuals, families, and communities (NASW 2007) and informs practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in roles that include direct service providers, administrators and change agents. As a resource for the development of the social work profession, this Track promotes critical thinking to enhance the development of a multisystem knowledge base in cultural competence for social work educators, researchers, and administrators.