Cultures, Beliefs, and Customs from Around the World: Improving Family-Professional Relationships

The United States is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) countries in the world. With the growing diversity of the classroom, it is important for professionals to develop an awareness and understanding of cultural values in reaching out to CLD students and families. This presentation will introduce and explain how cultures, beliefs, and customs from around the world can impact family-professional relationships. A panel of family members and professionals will welcome discussion as they introduce and bring awareness to various cultures, beliefs, and customs from around the world. The presenters will also discuss and provide personal examples of the implications of culture on building understanding and trusting family-professional relationships. Developing an awareness of cultural values is vital for professionals in reaching out to diverse families. By having some perspective and understanding of family cultures, professionals will be able to better serve CLD families, especially since families are more likely to develop relationships with professionals they trust. By attending this presentation, participants will be able to: – name various cultures, beliefs, and customs from around the world, such as Korea, Japan, China, Mexico, Russia, Spain, England, India, etc. – increase their cultural awareness for working with CLD families – provide examples of how culture impacts family-professional relationships – summarize the five basic cultural competence skill areas – implement culturally responsive teaching – locate resources on cultural competency.

Sookyung Shin, Riah Joo, Sayaka Omori, Ginger Kwan