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Cultural Competence

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, participates in the coordination of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence. The Network grew out of a technical assistance visit to New Jersey by the National Center on Cultural Competence. It is a collaborative initiative of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Human Services, and a number of New Jersey agencies and organizations, including The Boggs Center.

The mission of the network is:

"to strengthen culturally competent services in the State of New Jersey for people with diverse needs, and to facilitate access by individuals, families, providers and professionals to these services. People with diverse needs are defined as "those with varying abilities and disabilities, cultures, languages, and social and health care needs."   

Three major projects of the network are:

  • Coordination of a listserv to share ideas, resources, and training opportunities in cultural competence within New Jersey.
  • An organizational survey to determine expertise in serving people with diverse needs from various cultural backgrounds;
  • and the development of a web site about the network that would also house results from the survey.

New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence brochure

NJSNCC Resource List

Archived Webinars


Addressing the Plight of New Jersey’s Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Marginalized, Stigmatized, Heavily Impacted by the Pandemic, and on the Frontlines of the Battle Against the Virus.

 

This webinar will help you gain insight into the special problems posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to immigrants and refugees in New Jersey and learn about some of the policy reforms and practice initiatives designed to address these problems. The webinar will also identify a variety of resources available to serve newcomer populations as well as discuss the role that immigrants are playing as essential workers in healthcare and other fields.

 

Moderator: Nicholas V. Montalto, President, Diversity Dynamics Panelists: Johanna Calle, Senior Policy Advisor on New American Integration, New Jersey Office of New Americans; Sara Cullinane, Executive Director, Make the Road New Jersey; Elisa Neira, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Human Services and Katy Sastre, Outreach Coordinator, NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice

 

Date Recorded Duration Webinar Recording
May 29, 2020 1.5 hours

Addressing the Plight of New Jersey’s Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic (mp4)

 

    Handouts
    Cullinane - Immigrant Rights Under COVID in New Jersey 5.29.20 (pdf)
    Montalto - Addressing the Plight of New Jersey's Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic 5.29.20 (pdf)
    Neira and Calle - NJDHS ONA NJSNCC presentation 5.29.20 (pdf)
    Sastre - Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigrant Communities 5.29.20 (pdf)

 

Courageous Places: Pathways to Understanding the Lived Experiences of African-Americans

The racial justice uprising across the globe is demanding that we open our minds and hearts to the value of Black Lives. The Black Lives Matter Movement is engaging people around the world in actions that unite people of all races, religions, and cultures. Each day we live with the emotional by-products of injustice. More workplaces are concerned that their employees don't have an environment that is ready and equipped to hear the voices of frustration, anger, or advocacy.

In this webinar, you will gain awareness of the full context of the Black Lives Matter movement, and learn how to create a courageous space where racial justice issues can be discussed across generations and multiple identities.

Presenter: Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President & CEO, American Conference on Diversity
An award-winning facilitator and trainer, Elizabeth Williams-Riley boldly tackles the nation's unfinished business of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her approach to dismantling systemic and institutional oppression has been described as "charismatic, engaging, and thought-provoking." Among her many achievements, she is a 2014 Lead New Jersey Fellow and a 2016 NAACP Corporate Community Service Award Winner.

Date Recorded Duration Webinar Recording
August 20, 2020 1.5 hours Courageous Places: Pathways to Understanding the Lived Experiences of African-Americans (mp4)


Project Staff: Shellyann Dacres

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