More Than Words


Note: This essay was written for the 2nd Module of the MILT OOPS! – the Multicultural Inclusive
Learning and Teaching Open Online Seminar focusing on higher education.

I start this small essay with pairing of key words: multiculturalism and multicultural,
inclusion and inclusive, cultural competency and learning aims.

Smith Image 1I tend to associate multiculturalism, inclusion and cultural competency with realms of policy making regarding, for example, a multiculturalism that attends to immigration numbers and settlement patterns; an inclusion framework that requires, in part, “development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology”; and an understanding of cultural competency as development of “a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professions to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” I tend, additionally, to…

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