ERIC Number: EJ1041245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
The Impact of Cultural Competence on the Moral Development of Student Affairs Professionals
Cuyjet, Michael J.; Duncan, Angela D.
Journal of College and Character, v14 n4 p301-309 Nov 2013
As student affairs professionals, we are expected to meet students where they are developmentally and challenge and support them as they learn, develop, and grow into productive citizens. Since our institutions, and society as a whole, are becoming increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we acknowledge the numerous ways cultural background influences the ways in which one interacts with and responds to the campus environment (e.g., people, places, things). First, we encourage our colleagues to consider how their own cultural background has impacted their lives and the decisions they make on a daily basis. Next, we discuss multiculturalism in a personal context and how the lenses through which we view the world can be similar to or different from others depending on environmental influences. Finally, we talk about the impact culture has on moral development and values. This section includes dialogue on Pope, Reynolds, and Mueller's (2004) description of the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to become a multiculturally competent professional. If we want to positively influence the moral development of our students and surrounding communities, we must first increase our level of multicultural competence and then serve as role models, mentors, and guides for others to follow.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Competence, Moral Values, Student Personnel Workers, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Diversity, Job Skills, Environmental Influences, Identification (Psychology), College Environment, Ethics
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