Diversity and Cultural Competence

Discussion 1: 
Presenting Policy Proposals

Policy practitioners should know that being forewarned is being forearmed. You should know how to diagnose an audience, develop a persuasive strategy, have a “tactics tool bag” for dealing with difficult or expert audiences, and know how to develop non-confrontational communication methods with audiences when necessary. In short, you need to know how to skillfully defend the creative policy proposal you are about to present and how to talk to policy makers who may not be interested in the issues you are presenting.

In this Discussion, you explore and analyze strategies and ideas for presenting policy proposals.

To Prepare: Think about strategies you can use to persuade others who might not share the same concerns about your issues or your policy proposals. Think about how you might defend your position on an issue or a policy and get them to agree with your perspective.

Post your responses to the following question presented for your small group discussion:

Policy advocates sometimes find themselves discussing the needs of vulnerable populations with less-than-sympathetic groups of policy makers. Vulnerable populations might include families living in poverty, individuals with histories in the criminal justice system, or groups who have recently immigrated.

How might you communicate the needs of vulnerable populations to policy makers who may not share your views about the need for services?

Should be at least 175 words and contain references and in text citations from 2013-2019.

Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.

Discussion 2: Diversity and Cultural Competence

In your work, you will serve clients from different cultural, linguistic, economic, and/or social backgrounds. In helping address client needs, how might you interact with varying levels of diversity?

 

Each bulletin below should be answered separately with its own paragraph. Each paragraph should have at its own reference and in text citation. Post a discussion post that includes:

  • A description of diversity and/or cultural competence considerations in your agency
  • An explanation of how diversity and/or cultural competence might reflect your agency learning agreement

Should be at least 175 words and contain references and in text citations from 2013-2019.

Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.

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