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Rethinking Cultural Competency Classes

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Any display of competence is proven in what is actually done. Therefore claiming cultural competency suggests direct experience of applying the cultural practices that create that culture to everyday life.  Yet regardless of one’s experience of those cultural practices, few have or take the opportunity to examine the paradigm of thought that drive the ‘why’ those cultural practices. Cultural Competency has to be more than comparing and contrasting cultural norms. It is time to rethink Cultural Competency.