Fredonia's Cultural Competency Institute is now accepting applications

Dates Effective: Wed Aug 28, 2019 - Wed Sep 11, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the Cultural Competency Institute.

The mission of the Cultural Competency Institute is to engage community leaders in creating a more inclusive campus atmosphere. Fredonia is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that cultivates respect for differences and prepares students to live and work productively in a culturally diverse and globalized society. The Cultural Competency Institute is a cohort-based, year-long series to cultivate an inclusive mindset and positively impact participants' communities.

Participants not only engage in a deeper understanding of issues through workshops, but they are challenged as a group to identify a concern on campus or in the community, research the concern and propose a feasible and practical solution.    
Participants will:  

  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, beliefs, and experiences.
  • Identify societal inequities and the impacts of privilege, marginalization, and bias.    
  • Recognize social identities of self and others and the intersectionalities.
  • Develop communication strategies to address inequities and support diversity.
  • Apply an inclusive lens to effectively interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Applicants can be Fredonia faculty, staff, students, and/or local community members and should have an interest in supporting the mission of the institute.

There are a total of six, 2-3 hour sessions, planned in the evenings. Selected cohort members must be available to attend all sessions and actively participate in a small group capstone project. 

Session Dates: 

  • October 2, 2019 (4-7 pm)
  • October 23, 2019 (4-6 pm)
  • November 20, 2019 (4-6 pm)
  • February 5, 2020 (4-6 pm)
  • March 4, 2020 (4-6 pm)
  • April 15, 2020 (4-7 pm)
  • Two small group meetings (Dates & times tba)

The Cultural Competency Institute is a joint initiative of International Education, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the Professional Development Center. This project generously funded by the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and FSA.

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