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TACS Workshop: Cross Cultural Effectiveness (Oct. 30) Portland

Presenter(s): Cliff Jones and Guadalupe Guajardo, Senior Associates, TACS


Event Description:

Cross Cultural Effectiveness is a baseline skill for nonprofit staff and is central to high quality service delivery. Explore the individual and organizational skills needed to implement best practices in diversity, cross cultural effectiveness and cultural competency, including:

  • Basics of cultural awareness and working across cultural differences
  • Strategies for valuing diversity in your organization and your working relationships
  • How culture impacts service delivery approaches

There are many effective approaches for providing services across cultural differences, and leading your organization towards cultural competency. Participants will complete a diversity self assessment and review six approaches to cross cultural effectiveness. Each person will pick one or a combination that is most relevant to their organization, constituency, personal style and/or work environment. Participants will also work individually and in groups to explore questions, review model strategies they have selected to increase their effectiveness, and identify an individual action plan for advancing cross cultural effectiveness in their workplace.

About the Presenters

Cliff Jones is a Senior Associate with TACS and a co-founder of TACS’ Tools for Diversity project. He is a human rights activist with over 28 years of work experience with well over 900 nonprofit organizations providing a variety of training and consulting services. His background is in community education, community development, diversity education and counseling. He provides a variety of training and consulting services in nonprofit organizational development, strategic planning, diversity in the workplace, community organizing, conflict resolution, supervision, time management, team building, and group facilitation.

Guadalupe Guajardo, PhD., is a Senior Associate with TACS specializing in organization development, board trainings, leadership development, and cultural competency. She is a co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a multi-cultural training team that presents solutions to problems caused by privilege, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.

In addition to her work at TACS, Guadalupe worked for 12 years with the Center for Third World Organizing based in Oakland, California, developing and supervising leadership programs for young people of various racial groups. She holds a doctorate in Transformative Learning and Change from California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, an MA/ABS in Organization Development from the Leadership Institute of Seattle and an MA in Theology from Mt. Angel Seminary. Guadalupe is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, currently headquartered in Marylhurst, OR.

Location: Ecotrust Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209

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Date: October 30, 2008

Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


General Admission: $85.00

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