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Title: Culture

Culture DiversityThinking Outside the Boxes
Culture Diversity Committee
  • Goals
  • Thinking outside the box.
  • Provide awareness, knowledge, and skills to
    promote respect for diversity so that we may be
    more effective engaging shareholders

What is Culture?
  • Culture influences view of reality and every
    aspect of life
  • It is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving
    that is passed from one generation to the next
  • Multicultural perspective recognizes that client
    may hold values/ beliefs that are different from
    the counselor
  • Diversity is a two-way street- we bring out own
    cultural heritage and clients bring theirs

What is Culture?
  • Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of
    knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes
    and religion by a group of people generally
    without thinking about them.
  • Those who are willing to address cultural
    differences directly are those who do not
    perceive them as impediments and those who view
    these differences as positive attributes will
    most likely meet and resolve the challenges that
    arise in cross-culture interaction. Such an
    individual is culturally-skilled. (Sue and Sue

What is Culture?
  • In its BROADEST sense, culture includes not only
    race and ethnicity but also
  • Social class
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Affectional orientation
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Religion, etc.

Examples of Culture
  • Language, Practices, Customs, Food, Clothing,
    Religion, Superstitions, Architecture, Holidays,
    Celebrations, Dating Rituals, Art, Music

National Culturally and Linguistically
Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards
  • Principal Standard
  • Provide effective, equitable, understandable and
    respectful quality care and services that are
    responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and
    practices, preferred languages, health literacy
    and other communication needs.

National Culturally and Linguistically
Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards
  • Governance, Leadership and Workforce
  • Advance and sustain leadership that promotes CLAS
    and health equity through policy, practices and
    allocated resources.
  • Recruit, promote and support a culturally and
    linguistically diverse governance, leadership and
  • Educate and train using culturally and
    linguistically appropriate policies and practices

National Culturally and Linguistically
Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards
  • Communication and Language Assistance
  • Offering language assistance to individuals who
    have limited English proficiency and/or other
    communication needs
  • Engagement, Continuous Improvement and
  • Creating culturally competent goals within the
  • Regularly assessing services provided
  • Maintaining accurate data
  • Partnering with community resources

Culturally Diverse Shift
  • In our culturally diverse society it is essential
    that we are able to practice in a multicultural
    competent manner
  • The United States is shifting from a society
    comprised of people from primarily White European
    backgrounds to one in which most will be from
    non-White, non-European backgrounds

Demographics State County Wide
People Quick Facts South Carolina Aiken County
Population, 2013 estimate 4,774,839 NA
Population, 2010 4,625,364 160,099
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2012 6.3 5.6
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2012 22.9 22.1
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2012 14.7 16.5
Female persons, percent, 2012 51.4 51.6
White alone, percent, 2012 (a) 68.4 71.8
Black or African American alone, percent, 2012 (a) 28.0 24.9
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2012 (a) 0.5 0.5
Asian alone, percent, 2012 (a) 1.4 0.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2012 (a) 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races, percent, 2012 1.6 1.8
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2012 (b) 5.3 5.1
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2012 64.0 67.5
Demographics with ABDMH
Gender Gender
Male 910
Feamle 1169
Race Race
White 1161
African- American 838
Spanish American 13
American Indian 1
Other 26
Ages Ages
00-17 595
18-64 1383
65 101
Projected Statistics
  • It is estimated that by 2050
  • The percentage of white population will decline
    from 67 to 47
  • The African-American population will represent
    15 of the population
  • Latino population will make up 29 of the U.S
  • Asian and Pacific Islander will represent 9
  • American Indian and Eskimo will represent 1
  • LGBT population is estimated to represent 5 of
    the U.S. population over 18 years old
  • (Pew Research Center)

Culture Diversity Services Offered within
the Community
  • Seek out knowledge that will enhance
    understanding of clients who are culturally
    different from them
  • Knowledge about history of other cultures
  • Understanding implications of racism, oppression
  • Knowledge of language or slang of other cultures
  • Knowledge of resources
  • Knowledge of counseling interventions that are
    appropriate. Arredondo et al., 1996 Pendersen et
    al., 2002)

The South Carolina Commission for Minority
  • The Southeast US has become the new settlement
    area for Hispanics between 1990 and 2004.
  • North Carolina 575 population growth
  • Arkansas 508 population growth
  • Georgia 450 population growth
  • South Carolina 327 population growth
  • http//
  • 803-648-6836

  • South Carolina African-American Guide
  • Public Resource
  • Notable SC-Americans
  • Timeline 1525-1997
  • Historic African-American places in SC church,
    schools, communities, landmarks and museums
  • Festivals and Events

African-American Historical Alliance
  • Non Profit organization
  • Leading resource for education and celebration of
    African American Civil War and Reconstruction
    History in SC

African-American SC Chamber of Commerce
  • Advocate for prosperity, progress and the success
    within every county and community in SC as it
    relates to African-American Business
  • Many Companies law firms, accounting, insurance
    companies, marketing and advertising firms
  • Starts with idea for a company, the Chamber looks
    into what the idea needs to transition into a
    company, then they contact the companies in their
    network to help make it into a reality

The Center African American History, Art, and
  • Has not opened yet
  • Vision is to bring tourism to Aiken County as a
    stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor
  • Forum for celebrating both Aiken's diversity and
    it's sense of community

  • Founded in 2005
  • Help Latino Community and service providers work
    together for strong healthy families
  • They accomplish this through education, support,
    and grassroots leadership
  • Family and Community Health Programs
  • Education to individual and families on Family
    Health and Prevention
  • Prenatal Education

Hispanic Connections, Inc
  • Founded in 2000
  • Provide interpretation and translation services
  • Advise on creative marketing
  • Offer courses of Spanish or English as a second
  • Publish the South Carolina Hispanic Business
  • Promote the annual Cinco De Mayo festival in
    Columbia, SC

SC Hispanic Leadership Council
  • Non profit organization established in 2002
  • Specialize in advocacy, education and networking
  • Based in Columbia, SC
  • Lobby for Immigration Reform
  • Sponsor the REACH Scholarship for Latino

Native American
  • SC Native American Affairs
  • Non Profit
  • Influencing public policy and state services
  • Develop and implement statistical data
  • Addressing the needs of the population
  • 7 State recognized Tribes
  • 1 Federal recognized Tribe

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Provide education and advocacy to our states
    legislative delegation on immigrants rights and
    the need for comprehensive immigration reform at
    the federal level

  • Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia
  • Non profit organization
  • Goal is to promote inter-cultural education and
  • To preserve and promote the cultural heritage of

  • U.S. Chinese Culture Center
  • Non Profit
  • Classes that educate about Chinese Culture such
    as Tai Chi, martial arts, Chinese Calligraphy,
    Cooking, Chinese Cultural Training
  • Prepare others to teach in China

  • First Ever Islamic Shrine in SC was started in
    2002 in York County, SC
  • Information Center-Graniteville, SC
  • Anderson, (7)Charleston, Clemson, (5)Charleston,
    Conway,(2) Florence, Greenville, Monks Corner,
    Orangeburg, (2)Rock Hill, Spartanburg

Services Utilized and Offered by DMH
Palmetto Interpreters
  • 803-233-7251

  • Best Friend Express
  • Logisticare (Medicaid Transportation)

Cultural Competency in the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Populations
  • Societal Norms
  • Deafness is not a disability.
  • Respecting a Deaf persons primary language shows
    respect for them.
  • Deaf people value each other, their culture and
    their shared experiences.
  • Hard of Hearing people often identify with
    Hearing culture.
  • Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss can often be more
    frustrating to live with than deafness.

Barriers to Accepting Others
  • Perceptions
  • Bias
  • Prejudice
  • Stereotypes

Racial Stereotypes Misconceptions
  • All Muslims are terrorists.
  • All white people don't have rhythm.
  • All Blacks are lazy.
  • All Asians are sneaky.
  • All Hispanics don't speak English very well or
    not at all.
  • All Jewish people are greedy, selfish money
    hungry people.
  • Caucasians can't dance.
  • Russians are violent.
  • All Americans are cowboys.
  • All Italians are stylish and sophisticated. They
    are usually painters, sculptors or fashion
  • Germans are Nazis or fascists.
  • All Asians are Chinese.
  • All Asians speak Pidgin English.
  • All Native Americans love to gamble.
  • All Middle easterners hate America.
  • All Italians are good cooks.

Negative Stereotypes Misconceptions
  • All blond women are dumb.
  • All red heads are sluts.
  • Christians are homophobic. They are blinded by
    God and will recruit you if you go near them.
  • All politicians are philanders and think only of
    personal gain and benefit.
  • If I wear Goth clothing I'm a part of a rock
    band, depressed, or do drugs.
  • Girls are only concerned about physical
  • Guys are messy and unclean.
  • Men who spend too much time on the computer or
    read are geeks.
  • Men who are not into sports are termed as gay.
  • All librarians are women who are old, wear
    glasses, tie a high bun, and have a perpetual
    frown on their face.
  • Girls are not good at sports.
  • All teenagers are rebels.
  • All children don't enjoy healthy food.
  • Only anorexic women can become models.
  • Women who smoke and drink do not have morals.
  • Men who like pink are effeminate.

Positive Stereotypes Misconceptions
  • All Blacks are great basketball players.
  • All Asians are geniuses.
  • All Indians are deeply spiritual.
  • All Latinos dance well.
  • All Whites are successful.
  • Asians have high IQs. They are smarter than most
    in Math and Science. These people are more likely
    to succeed in school.
  • African Americans can dance.
  • All Canadians are exceptionally polite.
  • French are romantic.
  • All Asians know kung fu.
  • All African American men are well endowed.
  • Italians are good lovers.
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