Cultural Humility

Purpose of Module

Culture is a very important aspect of humanity. When we identify with the dominant culture of a society, we can lose sensitivity to understanding and empathizing with people of other cultures, races, and ethnicities. Today, there are many issues within our society that have come from the mindset of colonization in North America. We will examine some of the history of colonization, and work at ways we can take a humble approach in breaking down some common and destructive tendencies.

Many students come to Canada to study. In this module we will look at how we can apply the principles of cultural humility as we work with international students in peer support programs.

The goal of cultural humility is to become aware of our cultural lens and choose to let go of our biases so that we can perceive other cultures with respect and a sense of humility.

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to articulate a broad definition of culture and explain why having a sense of culture is important for one’s well-being.
  2. You will observe and reflect on your own culture, including your practices, beliefs, and values.
  3. You will demonstrate openness and acceptance towards those who have different belief systems, cultural practices, and lifestyle choices than your own.
  4. You will develop skills to be able to create safe, culturally sensitive, humble environments for the people you will support, including international students.
  5. You will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples in BC.

Core Values

Throughout this module, please consider and reflect on the Core Values. When you are finished going through this module, please come back to this page and jot down some thoughts about how you will apply the Core Values in your work related to this topic. If you need a refresh of the definition of the Core Values see the graphic at the end of this module.

  • Hope and Wholeness for All
  • Acknowledgement
  • Mutuality
  • Strength-Based
  • Self-Determination
  • Respect, Dignity, and Equity
  • Belonging and Community
  • Curiosity



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