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Exploring the many facets of cultural competence
Our workshops are designed to provide student groups, workplaces and entire organisations with a solid grounding in cultural competence.

We work collaboratively to embed key learnings across the University of Sydney, our region and the wider international community. Workshops and training are designed to help you and your institution or organisation take part in the cultural competence journey.

All of our workshops are four-hours in duration and we can come to your location.

For more information about workshops that are tailored to your organisation, please email

Workshops on cultural competence

This workshop will examine the building blocks of cultural competence. The understanding that multiple ways of being, knowing, and doing exist has given rise to the immediate need for cultural competence to be embedded into the work we do.

Participants will gain a foundational knowledge of cultural competence, be able to understand the impact their worldview and socialisation have on their interactions with others and gain practical experience and knowledge through activity-based sessions.

Critical self-reflection is crucial to developing cultural competence and includes the ability to understand our own cultures, values and identities as well as our privilege and biases.

It also includes supporting our resilience and wellbeing so that we are better able to have difficult conversations. This workshop will explore how to develop critical self-reflective practices and how to engage in cultural competence work. 

Racism continues to be experienced in different forms in Australia. This needs to be addressed to build safe and supportive environments and increase diversity. In order to understand racism and to continue the development of our cultural competence capabilities, we need to understand more about the connections between racism, privilege and oppression.

This workshop will help participants understand more about racism, privilege and oppression. Sessions will also focus on how the racist narrative in Australia has developed and is experienced. The workshop will also explore ways to address racism. 

This workshop will focus on the cultural competence leadership capabilities necessary to champion anti-racism strategies. It will address the issue of the often-hidden nature of institutional racism and focus on themes such as understanding the role of unconscious and conscious bias and ‘colour-blindness’. Exploring these complex issues will equip participants with a nuanced understanding and perspectives of institutional racism.

The program will provide space for critical reflection, discussions and sharing of experiences 

This workshop aims to promote pedagogical innovation, increased engagement in the learning process, and cultural competence outcomes.

Specifically, the workshop provides teachers with the knowledge and resources to shift how they approach and facilitate learning through a relational social constructionist epistemology, encouraging learning from within and about their inter-relatedness and interdependence with each other and their broader social, political, cultural, environmental and professional contexts.

Cultural Competence is a graduate quality and a key part of the University’s education strategy. As a result, there is an increased interest and impetus to embed cultural competence across the curricula.  To assist, the NCCC is offering this workshop which will help to identify a process for developing an approach to cultural competence that is relevant in each disciplinary context.