Diversity & Inclusion | Education & Resources

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) involves using “cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of ethnically diverse students” to teach them more effectively (Gay, 2002, p. 106). The students’ social and cultural identities are at the center of the educational process as a means to work toward outcomes of academic achievement, cultural competence, and critical consciousness. (Sanford Inspire Program)

     

Cultural Brokers and National Organizations

  • As the Tempe community becomes increasingly diverse the school community will be impacted. This will result in diverse cultures coming together and necessitating a mutual understanding of unique cultural characteristics. From time to time educators will require the expertise of “cultural brokers” in helping them, parents/guardians, students, and residents build a sense of community.

    Cultural brokering is defined as the act of bridging, linking, or mediating between groups or persons of different cultural backgrounds for the purpose of reducing conflict and producing both beneficial and effective change. A cultural broker, with knowledge of a specific culture, acts as a go-between or liaison, or someone who advocates on behalf of another individual or group.

    Cultural brokers facilitate cultural competency by facilitating an awareness of one's own cultural worldview, promoting positive attitudes towards cultural differences, creating forums to increase knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and fostering cross-cultural skills. These individuals help the district in recognizing that “all people are of worth and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.” (Tempe Union High School District, Core Values.)

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