Lecture by Cheryl Holcomb McCoy
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The Five Simple Truths About Cultural Competence in Education and Counseling
Given the wealth of diversity in the US and in our nation’s public schools, it is no wonder that instructional and counseling theories are advocating a shift toward a pedagogy and counseling process that emphasize a comfortable and enriching environment for students of all backgrounds. Cultural competence in counseling and teaching require a student-focused approach in which students’ and clients’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the individuals’ cultural place in the world.
Although we’ve studied cultural aspects of teaching and counseling for over twenty years, some educators still struggle to understand how to apply these concepts to their everyday work in schools and communities. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy will remind us of five simple truths about our journey to become culturally responsive and competent in our work with diverse students, parents, clients, community members, etc.
Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy serves as dean at the American University School of Education. Her extensive career in higher education includes academic positions at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. At Johns Hopkins University, she was the vice provost of faculty affairs and vice dean of academic affairs. In addition to previously having been a department chair at Johns Hopkins University, she was also a professor at both University of Maryland at College Park and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Holcomb-McCoy began her career as an elementary school teacher and later became an elementary school counselor. Holcomb-McCoy’s numerous publications highlights her expertise in all areas of the field of education including K-12, leadership and counseling.