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Day 36 Defining Cultural Humility

Waters, A. & Asbill, L. (2013, August). Reflections on cultural humility. CYF NEWS: American Psychological Association. Retrieved from

What is Sacred:
I have been sitting on this little one page article for months and I'm not sure why. I kept reading and re-reading the first line, knowing that I was going to use it, but it has been an open tab on my Chrome for a long time. 

This is a short definition piece for cultural humility. It is the written elevator speech that helps to define what I am trying to do and what I need to do. 

So nutshell of an already shortened piece:
Cultural humility - "ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the [person]" (Hook, Davis, Owen, Worthington, & Utsey, 2013, p.2). 
3 factors guide a sojourner toward cultural humility
  1. lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique - we never arrive at a point where we are done learning. Therefore,  we must be humble and flexible, bold enough to look at ourselves critically and desire to learn more. Understanding is only as powerful as the action that follows (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).
  2. desire to fix power imbalances where none ought to exist (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).
  3. aspiring to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others - we cannot individually commit to self-evaluation and fixing power imbalances without advocating within the larger organizations in which we participate. It is larger than our individual selves (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998). 

Connections to Current/Future Work:
 I am incorporating reflection and the "what you going do" aspect of self-reflection in my courses this year. I think I want to use video for those conversations.

I think I need to be more clear about power imbalances in my writing even though I don't always want to do that. There is a fine balance between informing and whining.

I am definitely working on building relationships with groups in the community who do this type of work and bringing a little 'ai māmā to the table so that I can then ask for kōkua.


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