Community Training – Cultural Relevancy Institute
In 2015, supported in part by the Foundation for Youth Investment, a Cultural Relevancy Institute (CRI) Series was offered to organizations throughout the Greater Sacramento Region. 30 staff members from 7 organizations with the potential impact of 50,000 youth annually participated in the 2015 session.
During the Cultural Relevancy Institute series, participants explored personal beliefs around diversity; examined how personal history and beliefs impact their work and relationships; built trust to overcome diversity challenges they face in their lives; identified how bias and privilege impacts decisions within the organization; and learned how intersectionality impacts cultural expression.
The CRI training is designed to help professionals, schools, businesses and organizations demystify the many components of culture to improve their climates. YDN encourages workshop participants to focus on providing the basic supports and opportunities needed to promote optimal development of employees.
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.