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Cultural Awareness Assessment Tool

Developed by Leadership that Works with special thanks to Martha Lasley, Damon Azali-Rojas, Johnny Manzon Santos and Susana Rinderle.
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As ChangeMakers, we continuously expand our capacity to facilitate awareness of culture, power and privilege. This self-assessment tool is for your own growth, so please be honest with yourself.

As you read through the statements below, think of specific examples and situations. On a scale of 1-5, how satisfied are you with your demonstration or embodiment of each statement?

1= very dissatisfied

2= somewhat dissatisfied

3= neutral

4= somewhat satisfied

5= very satisfied


A. SELF-AWARENESS

Know myself and my cultures

I have a deep sense of my cultural influences.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Aware of discomfort

I consciously explore my discomfort when I encounter cultural differences in others.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Share my cultures

I share my own cultural realities with other people which creates mutual vulnerability and helps me learn more about others.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Address bias

I am aware of my own assumptions, biases and stereotypes about members of other cultural groups and make efforts to understand and deal with these biases.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Reflect on cultural perspectives

I am aware of how my cultural perspectives influence my judgment about what behaviors, values, and communication styles are ‘appropriate’, ‘normal’, or ‘superior’.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Recognize power and privilege

I understand power dynamics and recognize times when I might be perceived as a person with power and privilege, and that people might not see me as unbiased or as an ally.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied


B. KNOWLEDGE

Express genuine interest

I ask questions to learn more about the cultures of others, exploring what gives them strength what causes them to struggle within their culture.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Understand power

I understand that some people from dominant groups are taught not to recognize their power and privilege.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Understand disparities

I understand that historically oppressed groups may not have basic human rights or experience disparities in access to resources, e.g. housing, education, loans, legal, medical.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Recognize power

I recognize institutional power in many forms and its implications on how people are affected.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Continue education

I take advantage of continuing education, workshops, conferences, and make time for personal reading and reflection on cultural theory and issues.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Commit to lifelong learning

I recognize that my knowledge of some cultural groups is limited so I continuously assess the gaps in my cultural awareness, get feedback and commit to life-long learning.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Cultivate understanding

I familiarize myself with historical and current events and their impact on marginalized groups e.g. racial profiling; marriage equality; human trafficking; immigration reform; human rights.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Understand oppression

I recognize that systemic oppression cultivates stereotypical attitudes and discriminatory actions in myself and others that can dehumanize or even stimulate violence against individuals from marginalized groups.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Do inner work

I am aware of my own assumptions and biases about members of other cultural groups and make efforts to understand and transform these biases.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied


C. ACTIONS

Intervene with care

I am thoughtful about when I intervene in conversations—tending to take the lead from people who are in non-dominant groups, but I also do not remain silent.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Avoid language barriers

Without making assumptions, I honor people’s language fluency, accent, style or grammar, and I avoid jargon, slang or humor that might be difficult for some to understand.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Protect language rights

I advocate for verbal and/or written materials in people’s native language so that participants in an event or meeting feel comfortable.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Facilitate understanding

I recognize barriers to working across cultures and facilitate intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Explore power and privilege

I explore my power and privilege and actively use it to support people from groups who have less power and privilege.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Advocate for cultural diversity

I take action to ensure recruitment, promotion and retention of a culturally diverse staff at all levels of leadership.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Act as an ally

I continuously learn about ways to be a better ally - to understand, connect and support people from non-dominant cultural groups.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Challenge discriminatory behavior

I have the courage to challenge discriminatory behavior and say what I feel in the moment when I see or experience people behaving in hurtful ways.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Cultivate support

I seek out people who challenge me to increase my cross-cultural awareness and I get support from diverse colleagues about culturally sensitive courses of action.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied

Take initiative

I take part in or lead initiatives that build awareness of systemic oppression, promote understanding among members of diverse groups or serve ethnically diverse groups.

1= very dissatisfied   thru   5= very satisfied


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