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Navigating Difference published in Journal of Extension 

To read the article see additional information below

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Navigating Difference:

Cultural Competency Training

The Washington State University Extension "Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training" is designed to assist outreach professionals expand their skills in working with diverse audiences. The overarching goals for the training are to assist participants to:

  • Become more aware of their own personal and organizational cultures;
  • Examine how our personal and organizational cultures affect our ability to work across difference, in both negative and positive ways; and
  • Build skills to increase competencies as we work with others who are different from us.

Training Information:



  • When: May 12-14, 2015 | 9am-4pm each day

  • Where: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA 

  • Cost: WSU- $225/Non-WSU $375. Price includes:  18 hours of training and materials, 3 continental breakfasts, 3 lunches and breaks.  Evening meals and lodging are not covered. 

  • How: Minimum 15; Maximum 30. Registration Closes May 1st. 

  • Parking: Free parking available on the Talaris Conference Center campus.

  • Lodging: You are responsible for making your own reservations. Listed below are two options for lodging that are convenient.


      Talaris Conference Center

      4000 NE 41st ST.  Seattle, WA  98105-5428
      Phone:  206-268-7000

      Details on the accommodations can be found at:


      Silver Cloud Inn – University District

      5036 25th Ave. ND Seattle, WA 98105
      Phone:  206-526-5200

      Conveniently located just one mile from the Talaris Conference Center hotel shuttles are available to transport you to and from Talaris during your stay. Each of the guestrooms and suites have complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwaves, and refrigerators. Our complimentary Silver Cloud Breakfast is offered daily in addition to our new expanded fitness and business centers. The hotel has a year round indoor pool and spa.


If you are interested in arranging a training for your organization or group, please contact Mary Katherine Deen at

Trainers: Mary Katherine Deen, Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Louise Parker, WSU Extension Navigating Difference Trainers.

The training is based on the WSUE Cultural Competencies and is designed using key adult education theory and practice that create a safe and welcoming environment for all learners.  The learning activities respect and support individual learning styles, and the participants’ life experiences are viewed as an important source of knowledge. The intent of the program is to gain knowledge and skills that can be used when engaging in a new situation/culture, rather than focusing on specific cultural knowledge.

Additional Info:

For more details about the Navigating Difference Training format and evaluation, refer to : 
  • Navigating Difference published in Journal of Extension (link)
  • National 4-H Program of Distinction (pdf)
  • Overview: Navigating Difference Cultural Competence Training Overview (pdf)
  • Poster: WSU Extension’s Navigating Difference Cultural Competence Training: Increasing Our Skills to Increase Our Reach Cultural Compencies Poster (pdf)



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