Cultural Humility Workshop: Advancing Health Equity in Ontario

Date 12 October 2017 – 12 October 2017
Start Time 9:00am
End Time 4:00pm
Address 17-53, 661 University Avenue 17th floor , Toronto, ON
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The Approach:

Cultural humility, unlike cultural competence, does not assume an end point but a commitment to life-long learning. It is an approach that helps us create equitable institutions through the intentional practice of meeting others where they are, addressing power differentials, institutionalizing organizational consistency, and focusing on unlearning personal biases

Workshop Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  •          Define cultural humility
  •          Explain the importance of personal identity to creating equity
  •          Understand the role of cultural humility within a health equity framework
  •          Practice a culturally-humble approach to your work

Topics to be covered: 

What is cultural humility?

  •          4 core principles of cultural humility
  •          Equality vs equity
  •          Equity literacy
  •          Understanding different forms of oppression
  •          Defining culture
  •          How to build a culturally humble community


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For More Info About Cultural Humility:

Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices (Documentary video)
Cultural humililty vs cultural competence (PDF)Dr. Veronica N


The Trainer:

Dr. Veronica A. K. Neal, Ed.D. 

Dr. Veronica Neal is an organizational equity and cultural humility specialist with close to three decades of experience as a diversity and social justice educator, trainer, coach and consultant. She holds certifications as a diversity professional, integral coach and community conflict mediator.

Veronica brings to her teaching and consulting practice the theories of justice-based leadership, cultural humility and multicultural education from her graduate studies as well as her practical experience coaching, organizing, facilitating, and teaching. Her focus is on developing cultural humility across the lifespan, peace and social justice praxis, equity change management, unconscious/unexamined bias and oppression transformation, and attitudinal healing.

In addition to an active consulting schedule Veronica currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza College, where she was the inaugural Equity Director setting the tone for equity and social justice and building the equity office approach and infrastructure. During her time as director she is credited with leading the development of the college’s equity framework, lens, and rubric in addition to developing a number of original institutional approaches to deepening institutional equity. Some of the approaches she piloted have now been adopted by other institutions as well, which include the equity core team model, community conversations, and a cultural humility certificate program. Veronica has a passion for community college and has worked with over 27 colleges within California alone, in addition to California Community College leadership organizations such as the Chancellor’s Office, 3CSN, ASCCC, and CCCCS. She is also deeply invested in supporting nonprofits and the public health sector; advocating and training practitioners on the principles and practices of cultural humility.

Veronica continues her research and college teaching while also coaching educational leaders, health care/social workers, students and community activists to bring out the best in themselves and their teams through equity and cultural humility initiatives. Veronica serves as Department Chair of International Peace and Conflict Studies at De Anza College. Her greatest joy and ongoing inspiration is her family, which include two beautiful children and partner whom she calls best friend. 


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