In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Humboldt State University, Humboldt Mediation Services is holding a free session on “Cultural Humility” on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room of the Arcata Community Center, 321 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

Introduced in 1988 by Drs. Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-Garcia, the cultural humility framework transformed cross-cultural education into a model derived from four basic principles: critical self-reflection and lifelong learning; recognition and mitigation of inherent power imbalances; mutually beneficial non-paternalistic relationships with community members, highlighting the expertise that resides in the community, away from the university, agency or clinic campus; and institutional accountability and alignment.

Initially designed to support health providers in offering more equitable services to their patients, this framework has been adapted and used in higher education and institutions across sectors.

Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Dr. Edelmira Reynoso and Meridith Oram from ODEI will facilitate this session. Portions of the program will be instructional while others will be interactive. There will be opportunities to ask questions, reflect and discuss in pairs and groups.

To make a reservation to attend, go to or call 707-445-2505.


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