Accommodating cultural differences and commonalities
It is essential to approach the change process knowing that compromise, patience, and understanding must be a central theme.This leads us to the beginning of building culturally competent organizations.It's a system of rules that are the base of what we are and affect how we express ourselves as part of a group and as individuals. Our environment determines what we learn, how we learn it, and the rules for living with others.
This "inside-out" model relieves the outsiders (or excluded groups) from the responsibility of doing all the adapting.
Each organization and its individual members should keep in mind that change is not easy for humans.
Many of us resist it and are dragged into the process kicking and screaming -- and that makes it difficult for everyone else.
As people move to new areas and meld with other cultures it creates a kaleidoscope of subcultures within racial groups.
Gender, locale, and socioeconomic status can sometimes be more powerful than racial factors.
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is an example of a culturally-competent organization (The President's Initiative on Race, 1999).