Diversity & World Culture Resources
Session 1 - What is Your Culture?
Session 2 - Cultural Competency

INTRODUCTION (Must be addressed with mentee)
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. It has many forms and there are many definitions of it. Each and everyone of us have our own culture. Try and get your mentee to come up with their own definition of culture!

INTRODUCTION
Last session we looked at definitions and examples of culture. Today we’ll be talking about what 'cultural competency' means and ways in which we can practice it. We live in a diverse interconnected world and it is important that we can work and live together in harmony!

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CONCLUSION
Let's recap what we talked about today! Can you tell me what cultural competency is?

  • What is a way in which we can be cultural competent?

CONCLUSION (Must be addressed with mentee)
Let's recap what we talked about today! Can you tell me what culture means to you?

  • What are some examples of your culture? E.g. food, dances, music

  • Is your culture the same or different to that of your friend? Relative? Teacher?

Session 3 - Recognising Commonalities & Differences
Session 4 - Mediating Cultural Differences

INTRODUCTION
Last session we looked at recognising commonalities and acknowledging differences between our own lives and the lives of others. Today we’ll be talking about how to build upon the things we have in common, and how to deal with the differences between us.

INTRODUCTION
It is important to compare our own knowledge and experiences with those of others, learning to recognise commonalities and acknowledging differences between our lives. Engaging in critical reflection about such differences and seeking to understand them is important for understanding another person's point of view.

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CONCLUSION
Let's recap what we talked about today!

  • Why are cultural differences important?

  • Why can cultural differences sometimes lead to tension or arguments?

  • How can we mediate or avoid tension caused by cultural differences?

CONCLUSION
Let's recap what we talked about today!

  • What is a cultural commonality?

  • What is a cultural difference?

  • Are commonalities & differences important? Or are they a nuisance?

Session 5 - Local & Global Citizens
Session 6 - Challenging Stereotypes & Prejudices

INTRODUCTION
Unfortunately stereotypes and prejudices are part of the modern world. A stereotype is a set idea that people have about what someone or something is like. A prejudice is a socially learned hostile opinion towards a person or group of people. It is important that we learn to challenge and critically analyse why these stereotypes or prejudices exist. The aim of this session is to analyse how and why we construct stereotypes and prejudices.

INTRODUCTION
A citizen is someone who lives in a particular town, city or country. A local citizen is someone who identifies as part of the wider community of their town or city, and whose actions contribute towards building this community’s values and practices. A global citizen is someone who does this on a global scale, identifying as part of the world community.

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CONCLUSION
Let's recap what we talked about today!

  • What is a stereotype? What is a prejudice?

  • Why do they exist?

  • How can we overcome them?

CONCLUSION
Let's recap what we talked about today!

  • What does it mean to be a local or global citizen?

  • What -are some topics that local or global citizens act upon?

  • Something to think about… How can you, starting from today, act as a local or global citizen within your community?

Session 7 - Summary and Recap
 

INTRODUCTION
Today we're going to briefly go over what we've covered over the past few weeks. We have learnt heaps of different things about what culture is, how we can approach cultural commonalities, differences, and stereotypes, and how to be a local and global citizen. It is important to reflect on your own culture and compare it to that of those around you. We can start by comparing our own cultures!

 

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CONCLUSION
This is a final chance to say goodbye to your mentee and to thank them for being awesome and working hard during every session!