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Cultural Competency Overview

As we work to provide services to increasingly diverse populations, developing awareness of cultural differences and understanding how to best meet unique needs will make us better providers and advocates for those we serve.

This is scheduled to be the first in a series of webinars, beginning with an overview and moving forward to cover specific cultures and populations. Join Dr. Maria (Lupita) Fabregas as she addresses such issues as:

* Understanding culture and what it include
* Why culture is important as a service provider
* Tailoring and adapting care to cultural differences
* Identifying groups that may need assistance but do not reach out
* Leveraging knowledge of culture to do better outreach to populations we have not consistently served
* Considerations in approaching clients, creating materials, and choosing images and language for different populations

Our Presenter:

Dr. Maria (Lupita) G. Fabregas worked in UPAEP University, Mexico for 29 years as department head and director of financial aid and alumni relations. In 2002, she moved to the United States and worked as director of the UPAEP liaison office in the United States for ten years. In 2013 she accepted a clinical assistant professor position in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, as multicultural and community engagement specialist.

She designs and delivers intercultural competence trainings to students, professors, and the general public on how to effectively interact with people from different cultures. She has written more than 20 journal articles. Her interest in research and professional development areas are intercultural competency, diversity, international research projects, and community engagement.

Register at event location by Friday, September 19, 2014

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