Fall Inservice 2006

PCC 20/20: Cultural Competency

Welcome to the beginning of the 2006-07 academic year at PCC.

The theme of this inservice is “PCC 2020: Cultural Competency.” Recent events around the world have reminded us that in order to live in the 21st century we must be increasingly culturally aware and competent. Whether we look across the world at intercultural conflict or in our own backyard at the dramatic changes in our district’s population, it is clear that citizens require skills related to cultural understanding and sensitivity.

Increasing the diversity of PCC faculty and staff is one of my strategic objectives for the college. A diverse community and college and an increasingly global work environment demand that we all become culturally competent and that we internationalize our curriculum and teach our students to be culturally adept. The PCC Board and I celebrate our increasing diversity. Diversity has added flavor to the American experience. Our ethnic and cultural diversity has resulted in extraordinary beauty and creativity in the arts, advances in the sciences and a rich social fabric. We must educate global citizens as well as local citizens. Please join me in embracing our diversity and in challenging ourselves and our students to better appreciate our differences in order to be better prepared for the future and appreciate and understand our shared humanity.

Dr. Preston Pulliams
District President, Portland Community College

Dr. Janet Bennett, Ph.D.

Janet Bennett, Ph.D., is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, sponsor of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and director of the Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations jointly sponsored by ICI and the University of the Pacific. She specializes in developing theory and training methods for individuals who teach, train or manage across cultures. As an educator and consultant, she designs and conducts intercultural training for colleges and universities, corporations, social service agencies, and professional associations. She teaches in the training and development program at Portland State University, and publishes on intercultural training and adjustment.