Navigating Difference is a cultural competency training for professionals who work in communities. A statewide team of Purdue trainers offer a half-day interactive workshop on cultural awareness to groups who are interested in working more effectively with others. An intensive three-day Navigating Difference training is also available for those who want to deepen their knowledge, skills and appreciation for connecting across diversity with clientele, co-workers and community members.
This research-based training helps individuals gain the knowledge, skills and attitude to increase their own cultural competence in order to build more inclusive work environments and communities. Developed by Washington State University Extension, Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training has successfully trained Extension professionals, librarians, educators, health and social service providers, public servants, law enforcement and public safety professionals in many states. The goals for the training are to assist participants to:
This is an interactive half-day workshop in which participants explore personal and cultural values, biases, prejudices and views. Through conversation and activities, participants learn how culture shapes us, how cultures are different and similar and how we can recognize our own culture(s), including our organization’s culture.
This three-day (18-hour) experiential cultural competence training builds on foundations from social justice, intercultural communication and organizational development. The training intertwines research-based theories and frameworks with activities and discussion from participants’ own experiences. Each successive module builds on the previous one, deepening the participant’s learning. The five modules are:
For more details about the Navigating Difference Training format and evaluation, refer to:
Kris Parker is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Jan Dougan is the County Extension Director and Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dubois County.
Bill Horan is the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development Educator for Wells County.
Samuel Johnson is the 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Allen County.
Andrew Martin is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for Newton County.
Marcia Parcell is the Health & Human Sciences Educator for Dearborn County.
Steve Yoder is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Tamara Ogle is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Xiomara Diaz-Vargas is a 4-H Youth Development Educator for Marion County.
Amy Niermen is the Southeast District Director.
Bob Bruner is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Owen County.
Heather VonDielingen is a 4-H Youth Development Educator and County Extension Director for Jackson County.