This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 10: Who Should Be Hired?
Who Should Be Hired?
According to Sue and Sue (1990), one of the significant characteristics of culturally sensitive professionals is that they have actively examined their personal assumptions about human behavior, ethnocentric attitudes, personal values, and limitations. Professionals who are aware of their own beliefs, feelings, and attitudes are thought to be better able to begin considering how these are likely to affect their interactions with both clients and colleagues in culturally pluralistic settings. The questioning of the folkways, patterns of communication, worldviews, and ideas involves several stages of personal growth. Approached in a careful and developmental manner, new relationships across cultural boundaries can be explored so as to transcend “natural” and “traditional” ethnocentrism (Bennett, 1993).
Bennett's (1993) developmental model of ...