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Cultural Competency CertificateDiversity Awareness and Acceptance

Overview and Benefits

Overview

Cultural Competency is an imperative skill in the increasingly global world we live in today. Students embarking on their journey into academics or industry need a global mindset and worldview to be aware and understand that cultural diversity is a strength and a catalyst for connecting people, working together, and succeeding together.

The Certificate in Cultural Competency supports students’ understanding of the advantages of cultural diversity, the contributions offered by diverse groups of people and encourages positive interaction and communication to move beyond tolerance and share power among people.

Professional Benefits

Enhance your resume with a wide variety of academic, co-curricular, and international or diverse activities and experiences.

Earn an official certificate of completion as well as recognition on your academic transcript to include on your job applications, resumes, CVs and grad school applications.

Shape your story in interviews and on applications by authentically communicating the value of your experiences related to the career-related opportunity you are considering.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) lists Global/Intercultural Fluency as one of the core competencies to prepare college students for successful entry into the workforce and bridge the gap between higher education and the world of work.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Watch this video by Virginia Tech Career Services about the importance of Global Fluency.

Personal Benefits

Participating in the certificate program helps you understand yourself and your culture through the filter and lens you grew up with. To turn this lens around and understand that others have a different filter and worldview based on the unique experiences that define them is really life-changing. Your whole worldview expands exponentially.

“This program offers people the opportunity to be more involved with campus life while teaching one to be a more effective communicator and, in turn, leader. The program is great, and can teach you not only about people different from you but also about yourself. I think the biggest benefit to this program is how much you interact with people outside of your normal friend groups.

“…you really do learn a lot about communication from the first workshop, and from working with people during different events. I think that is the biggest benefit of the program, but without communication, the world will cease to make progress. I did also like the exposure to study abroad that I had, but I know that isn’t possible for everyone.”

- Zarya Dahl, 2020 Cultural Competency Certificate graduate