What Is Cultural Competence
Cultural competence is the ability to successfully teach students who come from cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, developing certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that, taken together, underlie effective cross-cultural teaching.
Reference: Diller, J.V. and Moule, J. (2005). Cultural competence: A primer for educators. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth.
ICTC Endorses Culturally Competent Midwifery Schools
Cultural competence is a key ingredient when educating persons of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. When the educator, curriculum and program are all inclusive and cultural competence is woven throughout, the student with thrive and advance at the highest possible level.
ICTC wants to ensure that Midwifery students of color are valued, educated, and have a return on their investment. In doing so, we have created a short questionnaire to help us determine what US midwifery schools have culturally competent educators and programs.
ICTC Endorsed Midwifery Schools
We have determined that the following US midwifery schools meet the basic qualifications for endorsement by the ICTC:
- Sacred Transitions in Midwifery Institute (STMI)
- Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education
- The Matrona
If your midwifery training institution would like to be added to our list of ICTC Endorsed Midwifery Schools, please email Ictc@ictcmidwives.org