Building Intercultural Communities

Supporting the development of the SEPAC involves helping members to develop skills which will allow them to leverage the beneficial aspects of conflict while still treating each other with mutual respect. At an individual level, this requires an understanding of one’s own worldview (culture) and how it is reflected in one’s own attitudes and behavior. It also necessitates that one acquires values, principles, areas of knowledge, attributes and skills in order to work in cross-cultural situations in a sensitive and effective manner. These skills are sometimes referred to as cultural competence or intercultural collaboration.