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Cross-Cultural Competency is a Course

Cross-Cultural Competency



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2-3 hrs/week
5 wks total



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Cross-Cultural Competency is structured around the concepts of Awareness, Acceptance and Respect and includes five modules: Global Village, Religious Diversity, Gender and Sexuality, disABILITY, and an introductory module. The course takes a conversational approach to sometimes sensitive subjects and aims to help participants understand and respect one another and be able to function in diverse environments encountered in the workplace, in the classroom, or in social settings. Cross-Cultural Competency was developed by the University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute in partnership with Dr. Kim LeDuff, UWF’s Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Academic Engagement.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define culture and demonstrate a general understanding of cultural differences.
  • Explore cultural self-awareness by examining your own individual life path.
  • Give examples of how an individual's world-view can impact that person in the workplace.
  • Explain how culture affects the way we communicate.
  • Recognize the importance of adjusting behavior in various cultural settings.
  • Formulate strategies to effectively collaborate with those we perceive as different from ourselves.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that improve cross-cultural competence.
  • Improve your interactions with members of the community from all walks of life.
  • Cultivate an environment of inclusive excellence.

Target Audience: Lifelong learners, students of all types, from high school to college, professional development programs and organizations seeking to improve workplace multicultural awareness.

Course is offered by the University of West Florida Innovation Institute.

Course Instructors

Dr. Kim LeDuff

Dr. Kim LeDuff

UWF Vice President, Division of Academic Engagement & Chief Diversity Officer

Under Dr. LeDuff's leadership UWF has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Read More.

In 2015 she was a recipient of the 40 under 40 Award from her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. She was also honored by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning as Diversity Educator of the year in 2012.

Dr. Vannee Cao Nguyen

Dr. Vannee Cao Nguyen

UWF Executive Director Office for Equal Opportunity & Accessibility, Instructor - disAbility Module

Dr. Cao-Nguyen's professional experience includes Disability Compliance, Psychiatric Treatment Programs, Rape Crisis/Trauma Recovery Services, and School Overlay Counseling. Read More.

Dr. Cao-Nguyen is also a Faculty Associate in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Research and Advanced Studies at UWF.

Rachel Hendrix

Rachel Hendrix

UWF Executive Director, Office of International Affairs, Instructor - Global Village Module

Rachel Hendrix has been active in the area of international education for over 13 years and is currently a regional leader with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, chair of the Florida Association of International Educators, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council.

Dr. Gregory Tomso

Dr. Gregory Tomso

UWF Interim Director, Kugelman Honors Program, Instructor - Gender, Sex & Sexuality module

Gregory Tomso is Past President of the Southern Regional Honors Council and a professional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, where he has led numerous workshops on developing Honors curriculum and Honors program administration.

Dr. Ben Stubbs

Dr. Ben Stubbs

Interim Program Coordinator, UWF College Student Affairs Administration Program, Director of Student Involvement, Instructor - Religious Diversity module

Ben assists program leaders in the areas of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Leadership Development, Service and Citizenship, Student Activities and Student Organizations. He also leads the department in strategic planning effort.


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