Cultural Understanding

Cultural understanding is the ability to interact skillfully and successfully with people from diverse cultural communities. To increase their own cultural understanding, people have served, worked with, socialized with and/or learned about individuals and communities with the following characteristics:

  • Racial/Ethnic heritages different from their own and/or
  • Sexual identities/orientations different from their own and/or
  • Cultures different from their own and/or
  • Socioeconomic class different from their own
  • Physical, cognitive, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities

Applicants are encouraged to learn about people who are not like themselves. Examples of media that people have used to increase their cultural understanding:

  • Community service / Volunteer activities
  • Courses
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Discussion groups
  • Activities through clubs and other social organizations
  • Activities through community civic and religious groups
  • Foreign language study
    • Spanish
    • Other languages
  • Books
  • Television
  • Movies/Videos

Applicants are not required to use all of the above media; they may select one or more of the above media to help themselves increase their cultural understanding.