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Navigating Difference published in Journal of Extension 

To read the article see additional information below

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:


Registration Closed


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

  • When: May 10-12, 2016 | 9am-4pm each day
  • Where: WSU Spokane Health Education and Research Building (SHER) Rm #432, Spokane, WA. See campus map
  • Cost: WSU $250 | Non-WSU $375
  • How: Complete Registration Form and submit payment. *Limited to 30 participants - Registration closes April 29
  • Parking: See campus map
  • Lodging: Two hotels are within walking distance of WSU campus and offer state per-diem lodging rates when available.
    1. Fairfield Inn
      311 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
      (509) 747-9131
    2. Courtyard by Marriott
      401 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
      (509) 456-7600
  • Details: Registration fees cover all materials, 18 hours of training, 3 morning breaks and 3 lunches
  • Trainers: Mary Katherine Deen, Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Louise Parker, WSU 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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