Culturally-Responsive Program Analysis
Instructor: Amanda Taylor
Dates: 2/28 and 3/1
Although it is becoming common knowledge that culture powerfully shapes and structures human experience, many global initiatives designed to combat poverty and inequality in developing nations and underserved communities remain staunchly Western in their approaches. In this institute, we will learn how to do this work differently, with an eye towards increasing program effectiveness as well as promoting social justice. By adopting a culturally-responsive approach, we will go beyond just taking culture into account in developing social programs. Instead, we will learn how to co-create program goals, structures, implementation plans, and evaluation metrics that emerge from and resonate with the cultural and community contexts they are designed to support. We will begin by critically considering why culturally-responsive programs are not standard practice, asking questions about power relations while also examining our own reflexivity. We will then learn the foundational principles of cultural responsiveness, drawing on and analyzing illuminative case studies from the international education and development fields. Finally, we will practice implementing these skills by designing (or re-designing) our own culturally-responsive programs, drawing from our previous field experiences or fleshing out original program ideas.