Rethinking Cultural Competence in Higher Education: an Ecological Framework for Student Development
ASHE Higher Education Report
Volume 42, Number 4
Edna Chun, Alvin Evans
July 2016, Jossey-Bass
Take a holistic look at an intentional educational ecosystem that builds cultural competence, a critical skill college graduates need for careers and citizenship in a diverse global society. This monograph unpacks the multilayered meanings of cultural competence and offers a term, “diversity competence,” that is more consistent with the broad spectrum of diversity learning outcomes that occur on campus.
Drawing on the findings of a survey of recent college graduates now working as professionals, the monograph offers:
- leading-edge, integrative models that bring together the multidimensional components of the learning environment including curricular, co-curricular, and service learning,
- research-based factors contributing to a campus environment that encourages cultural competence,
- in-depth assessment and analysis of best practices, and
- concrete recommendations that offer a transformative pathway to the attainment of diversity competence in the undergraduate experience.