Cultural Relevancy Institute

Cultural Relevancy Institute (CRI): The training is designed to help professionals, schools, businesses and organizations demystify the many components of culture to improve their climates. Sessions are focused to create a shift in thinking that are the foundation to systems change. YDN encourages workshop participants to focus on providing the basic supports and opportunities needed to promote optimal development of employees.

Cultural Relevancy is defined as effectively reaching and engaging communities in a manner that is consistent with the cultural context and values of that community; while effectively addressing the disparities of diversity and inclusion within an organization’s entire structure.

The Cultural Relevancy Institute establishes a learning community with participants that allows them to spend time learning about and becoming familiar with the definitions and fundamental elements of diversity, as well as opportunities to identify and implement changes to policy, procedure, and/or practice based on learning objectives. The workshop sessions create a safe place for participants to discuss topics that are deemed uncomfortable. The goals include increasing the participants’ cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in order to benefit an organization by increasing the inclusion of different identity groups, and by promoting better teamwork. The overall goal and objective of the CRI is for organizations to use the insight and learning of the workshops to create an action plan and develop implementation stages to improve and embed a more culturally relevant lens and language into their programs and services.

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