Become culturally competent

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By The Staff

This week, we look at Asset #34, Cultural Competence. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they have knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic background.”

Our community should be one of the best with this Asset. Nationally, 42 percent of youth report having this asset and 47 percent of our local youth, according to the most recent data, also report having this asset.

The winter holidays are a great opportunity for us to easily experience different cultures. The youngest children are the most open to experiencing things without bias or putting up barriers.

The Jewish Center and the United Church of Los Alamos share a service around Thanksgiving. The organizations work together on the service, sing a variety of songs from both faiths and even rotate the service annually between the two sites. After the service, the members share foods brought by members.

There are a variety of cultures in the community that we an experience on a daily basis and could build upon by asking or answering a few simple questions.

UNM-LA and a local church both offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The students come from many backgrounds speaking a variety of languages from Chinese to Russian.