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Taking the “Self-Assessment 2-1: Do You Have a Cultural Mindset quiz has reminded me how vital cultural awareness is to master to apply in our daily lives. This skill is a necessity because it allows us to have a greater understanding of ourselves. In addition, it requires us to self-reflect and recognizes our internal prejudices (Betancur et al., 2020). 

Since language and culture are interconnected, working or interacting with people who speak a different language will also involve interacting with their culture (Betancur et al., 2020). Cultural awareness will allow us to relate better to people from different cultures. Effective communication, a greater sense of cultural connection, and less cultural conflict will be the result. Cultural bridges will replace cultural barriers. With it, we will learn how to love and appreciate individuals different from us (EasyLlama, 2021). 

Despite that this quiz has demonstrated to me that I am a culturally aware person, it has also allowed me to recognize that there are still things that I can improve on to help me when working with different communities. According to Betancur et al. (2020), the U.S. population has become more culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse, with 47 percent of immigrants aged five and older categorized as limited English proficient (LEP) in 2018. If these numbers are accurate, cultural awareness is now a necessary skill to have more than ever. We can establish a diverse corporate and personal culture that includes and allows everyone to feel like they belong by understanding people’s diversity in ethics, beliefs, values, and attitudes and creating cultural awareness. 

This skill can prove to come in handy not just in our daily lives but to apply when working with dissimilar communities. For example, a few weeks ago, I had the honor of assisting my preceptor to one of her clients’ homes to collect some mold samples. My first glance at the homeowner and mother lead to me erroneously assume that they were eastern European because they were light skinned, had light colored eyes and had a distinct broken English accent. But during a period where I was left alone with the homeowners mother, the lady kept repeating my name and began speaking to me in Spanish. I had to take a few moments and allow her words to sink in before I responded to her in Spanish to affirm that she was indeed speaking to me in Spanish. It turns out the homeowner and her mother were Colombians and were native Spanish speakers. 

After leaving their house, I realized that sometimes what we see or perceive in others is not what we assume at first. Our subconscious and deeply held values and ideas form a distorting screen through which we see the world. This could lead to insensitivity and inadvertent blindness to essential values to people from different cultures. We all need to become culturally aware to expose ourselves and observe and contact the cultures around us. By exposing ourselves to other cultures, we get the opportunity to interact with people who are different from us. Heightening cultural awareness in our lives can cause us to consciously observe and notice those things that may lead to misunderstandings and points of conflict (EasyLlama, 2021). It can lead us to communicate and help them more efficiently. Furthermore, it can lead to the recognition of people’s needs and access to resources and that it is necessary to provide high-quality and equitable care to those people (Betancur et al., 2020).


Betancur, S., Walton, A. L., Smith-Miller, C., Wiesen, C., & Bryant, A. L. (2020). Cultural Awareness: Ensuring high-quality care for limited English proficient patients. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 24(5), 530-537. 10.1188/20.CJON.530-537

EasyLlama. (2021). Importance Of Cultural Awareness In The Workplace: How To Become More Culturally Aware

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I’m working on a public health discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.


Cultural and linguistic competence is a combination of behaviors, attitudes, and policies in a system, agency, or among professionals to allow for practical cross-cultural work (ASHA, 2021). A person or organization that is culturally and linguistically competent can interact effectively with people from other cultures. The professional understands that differences do not imply deficiencies or disorders. Therefore, they provide services that are respectful of and responsive to an individual’s values, preferences, and language, as well as care and services that are not differentiated in quality based on ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, or other factors (ASHA, 2021). 

The cornerstone for change is our one-to-one relationships with one another. Hence, forging bonds with people from many cultures, frequently different cultures, is critical to forming varied communities capable of achieving big goals (Community Tool Box, 2021). Thus, the team at Kaizen Safety Solutions recognizes the importance of having cultural and linguistic competency, and they apply them towards building and making their relationships with clients more influential.

The team collaborates with people from various racial, linguistic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, establishing connections based on trust, respect, mutual understanding, and shared goals, even if they know very little about them. They put their differences aside to collaborate and offer their support to address a common problem (Community Tool Box, 2021). For instance, the Kaizen team is currently working with various people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds, professions, and viewpoints to write a research article discussing the efficacy of using ozone generators for post-fire restorations, which will afterward be submitted for peer review by other scientists worldwide. The project is meant to help many people out there whose homes are being treated by these devices and afterward experiencing side effects from the ozone. 

Kaizen values their contributors’ insight and expertise and recognizes that to give the best services to their clients, they must be aware of and respectful of the diversity and cultures of the people they serve. Similarly, the Kaizen team takes its obligations to deliver culturally and linguistically acceptable services and conduct research very seriously.


ASHA. (2021). Issues in Ethics: Cultural and Linguistic Competence. .

Community Tool Box. (2021). Section 2. Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures.

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Why do people tend to deny, rationalize, and avoid discussing their feelings and beliefs about race and ethnicity?

This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standard(s):

2.F.2.d. The impact of heritage, attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences on an individual’s views of others.


Jones-Smith, E. (2019). Culturally diverse counseling: Theory and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc. ISBN-13: 9781483388267



Rachael Herbison

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Re: Topic 3 DQ 1 (Obj. 3.2)

In many communities, the denial of racism is focused on self-interest, of the individual and the majority, which eventually leads to the weakening of the minorities and their communities (St. Louis, 2020). Recently, especially in the last four years, many people deny that racism exists, which makes it invisible (Malhi & Boon, 2007). A phrase said is that “I do not see color,” and “racism does not exist anymore,” which plays into the idea that people do not want to see the fact that racism still exists, or they are outrightly doing this because they do believe that their race is and should be the dominant one (Mekawi et al., 2020).

It seems a lot of people deny racism simply because they do not want to admit that they have implicit behaviors (Jones-Smith, 2019). Once one learns that they do, it is almost a knee jerk reaction to deny it, because one does not want to believe that they could be racist. While it is true that one should not be a racist, this is not the right way to eradicate or address it.

Another issue may be because they want to avoid conflict. If one is in the company of people who are either engaging in racist talk or simply saying that it no longer exists, one may think that it is easier to say nothing, rather than rock the boat and make an issue. One may think “I have a (insert minority here) friend, I am not racist,” and therefore feel no need to say anything, unfortunately, allowing the racism to sink in and run deeper (Malhi & Boon, 2007).

Saul Arras

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Re: Topic 3 DQ 1 (Obj. 3.2)

Race and ethnicity is especially sensitive when talking in groups of mixed culture. I have found that when people are in groups of like races or ethnic backgrounds their “walls” are down and tend to speak a bit more openly about their feelings, but once there is diversity in the group there is hesitation amongst the people in the group. People tend to hide behind their true feelings and beliefs about race in order to protect themselves from saying something that may end up being socially unacceptable. The text shares that some may deny their heritage in order to avoid questions, discrimination, or the need to rationalize their actions to others (Sue & Sue, 2016).

When talking about race and ethnicity with others, it is difficult to gauge where the conversation will go. Sue and Sue state that persons of color may be hesitant to discuss conflicts, misunderstandings, and concerns for fear that there may be negative ramifications for unity (2016). Additionally, there is a chance that one can offend others, and that can impact a personal or professional relationship.

Nichole Gelabert

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Re: Topic 3 DQ 1 (Obj. 3.2)

I feel there has been a shift in societal acknowledgment of feelings, emotions and beliefs making it acceptable to be open, while at the same time needing to curtail what and how thoughts are shared. We are encouraged to be truthful but only in a way that will be non-offensive. Because of this, certain topics elicit careful discussion, with monitored language and taking place in controlled areas. For a counselor, it is agreed that race and culture should be discussed, but there is often anxiety in approaching those topics because they do not know how to incorporate cultural knowledge into therapy (Wei, Chao, Tsai & Botello-Zamarron, 2012). We are trained to be non-biased and non-judgmental, and yet there is still apprehension on both the part of the counselor and client to broach these topics. So why is there a strong fear? Is it because these topics carry an emotional charge that is unpredictable? Is it because people assume there will be a negative response that will be too strong to defuse? Have we been shaped by neurocultural dynamics, creating a biological response that cannot be helped (Jones-Smith, 2019)? I don’t think there is any one reason why these topics cause discomfort. I do feel that the more we avoid it, the further we will get from truly listening and understanding to others and progressing as a whole.

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