CE: What is Cultural Awareness Part I
Presenter: Shari Lynn Johnson (The Traveline Diversity Professor)
Cultural awareness is core to the work we do as CASAs. An inclusive CASA network helps us better understand and promote the well-being of the children and families we serve. As a network we are committed to promoting cultural competence among staff and volunteers, reducing disproportionality and ensuring equitable outcomes for all children regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation and zip code.
Shari Lynn Johnson earned her BSSW with a minor in gerontology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MSW with a focus in health care and gerontology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She joined the SocialWork@Simmons faculty as a Professor of Practice in May of 2016 to serve as the senior faculty lead for the SWO 409 (Dynamics of Racism & Oppression) course community (re) organizing/building and activism; social justice and diversity, specifically around the lived experiences of marginalized communities of TBLGQI and people of color.
Professor Johnson has nearly 10 years of experience teaching cultural anthropology at a local community college after completing all of her coursework for a MA in linguistic anthropology, also from Wayne State University in Detroit.
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CE Hours: 1.5