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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:


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

  • When: May 13-15, 2014 | 9am-4pm each day
  • Where: WSU Spokane, Academic Center Room 241.  See campus map:
  • Cost: WSU- $200/Non-WSU $375
  • How: Complete Registration Form and submit payment. *Limited to 30 participants - Registration Closes May 1 
  • Parking: See campus map
  • Lodging: Two hotels are within walking distance of the 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

Mary Katherine Deen, Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Annelise Smith, 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)



Mary Katherine Deen, 1300 5th St., Wenatchee, Wa 98801, 509-682-6956, Contact Us