Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.
The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.