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Faculty & Staff Training

“Every faculty member should take this class and go on this journey. I just don’t think it can be done in a weekend. It takes time and reflection with each new piece of information to allow the truth to sink in.” - Gordon, McCarter, Myers, 2016, p. 723

Why Needed?
Why Needed?

  • Addressing implicit bias, racial anxiety, and sterotype threat in education and healthcare

(Godsil, Tropp, Goff, & Powell, 2014)


Lifelong Learning Commitment
Lifelong Learning Commitment


  • "The authors critically analyze the concept of cultural competency and propose that
    multicultural education must go beyond
    the traditional notions of “competency”

    (i.e., knowledge, skills, and attitudes). It
    must involve the fostering of a critical
    awareness—a critical consciousness—of
    the self, others, and the world and a
    commitment to addressing issues of
    societal relevance in health care." - Kumagai & Lypson, 2009, p. 782

  • Reflections on cultural humility: Given the complexity of multiculturalism, it is beneficial to understand cultural competency as a process rather than an end product

Training Resources
Additional Resources



           Interview with the Author

“Research participants explicitly described racism as a barrier to the success of students of color and called on white midwives and educators to embrace multiculturalism, antiracism and cultural competence to counteract the effects of racism on students of color.”


Yamasaki McLaughlin, 2012, p. 50

Microaggressions & Education

Microaggressions and Health:

Microaggressions & Education


Resources on this topic are plentiful, but white midwifery educators must commit time and effort to the process of

un-learning dominant cultural narratives

we have been taught our entire lives.  The process of this

learning and unlearning is a lifelong commitment.  

It will not always be easy, but it is critically important. 

- Kristin Effland, LM, CPM, Site Developer

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