C. Building Cultural Humility

March 15, 2019

How does one move forward with developing cultural agility without being overwhelmed with the complexity and the dangers of stereotyping the culture of others? Building and practicing “cultural humility” is the key and a must skill in communicating cross-culturally to keep on creating mindful and inclusive workplace environments and relationships. Since cultural humility is a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique, this session will raise awareness of bias from the unconscious to the conscious level and provide tools for positively managing them for improved decision-making. This session draws on empirical evidence to take participants on a journey of realization andprovides experiential and practical consideration to our biases, assumptions and beliefs that are embedded when we encounter with others.

The objectives of this session are to teach the core skill and attitude of cultural humility; facilitate self-reflection and self-critique by identifying patterns of how individuals evaluate, assess, interact, think, and work with others; create awareness of how culture affects communication; and enhancing listening skills, mindfulness and attentiveness.

Miguel Valenciano has over twenty years of experience consulting, teaching, training, mentoring, and coaching. He is recognized across the US and internationally for his extensive work in the field of diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, and cultural agility/humility. He has facilitated extensive trainings in four continents for multinational corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Sodexo, and the Department of Justice. Miguel works with executive teams, individual business owners, senior management, students, and first line staff bringing both practical experience and a dynamic presence to his work as a master facilitator.

Miguel’s vision includes: Choose to think and act as an influential, mindful, and courageous leader; Strive to be culturally agile and humbled; Have the ability to influence self and others, Be passionate; Build an environment for others to feel important, valued, and appreciated; Care and act with empathy and compassion; Speak up not only for yourself but for others; Leverage your privilege on behalf of others by being an ally.