Cultural Competence

Refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, particularly in the context of non-profit organizations and public agencies who work with persons from different cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Cultural competence comprises four components: (a) awareness of one’s own cultural worldview, (b) understanding of cultural differences, (c) knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and (d) cross-cultural skills. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.