Cultural Competence and Humility

A Guide From the GVSU Division of Inclusion and Equity

Click through the topics below to learn more about cultural competence and the importance of diversity at GVSU!

Cultural Competence is about our striving to learn knowledge and skills in an effort to understand the diversity of people’s experiences and perspectives. 

Cultural humility is the awareness that we can never know everything!  It requires entering relationships with a willingness to listen and not assume. And, it includes our willingness to admit a mistake or behavior that caused harm and to do better the next time, as a result of new information.

The GVSU experience is designed to give you the knowledge you need to shape your life, your profession, and your society as an engaged and knowledgeable global citizen. 

Cultural competence and humility are required to navigate the world successfully, to interact productively with diverse others, and to make the world a more inclusive and equitable place for everyone.