Cultural Humility, Intersectionality, & Bias

Description of Cultural Humility

Cultural Humility is a twist on cultural competency.  First and foremost, cultural humility means not pigeon-holing people. Knowledge of different cultures and their assumptions and practices is indeed important, but it can only go so far.  Rather than assuming that all members of a culture conform to a certain stereotype, a good student leader will understand that while cultural differences will affect their interaction with individuals, each person remains an individual and should be treated as such. Cultural humility is also an important step in helping to redress the imbalance of power in individual and structural / societal relationships. Approaching each encounter with the knowledge that one’s own perspective is full of assumptions and prejudices can help one to keep an open mind and remain respectful of other people and groups.