March 19, 2018

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

When we sat down as an agency this month to reflect on our cultural diversity, we celebrated our strengths but had an honest conversation about how we can do better.

The agency-wide discussion was facilitated by members of our Cultural Diversity Committee, whose vision is to be intentional with integrating Diversity into the core of who we are as an agency.

With nationwide data from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that psychologists are less diverse than the clients they serve, we know it’s important for us to be mindful about how cultural diversity can help us better reach children and families and improve our quality of care.

Here’s some of the intention-setting we discussed:

  • Individual commitment to learning about and being aware of one’s own culture and what biases we’re bringing to everyday interactions
  • Check-ups on the accessibility and inclusion of our programs for people of all genders, religious beliefs, races, etc.
  • Examining the systems that might perpetuate homogeny within our governance

If you’d like to share your experience of diversity at Maryhurst or offer other tangible ways we can improve, contact info@maryhurst.org.

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