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Training on evidence-based practices to enhance cultural competency


Dr. La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin


cultural competency

The REL Southeast is working with Historically Black Colleges and Institutions (HBCUs) in Mississippi to improve the matriculation and completion rates of students. This collaborative work includes assisting the institutions in their development of holistic and culturally relevant support systems and providing professional development on strategies to ensure the use of evidence-based and culturally-responsive policies, programs, and practices that meet the needs of their diverse student populations. The training activities focus on two primary goals. The first is to increase participants' knowledge of evidence-based solutions and practices that may enhance the cultural competence of post-secondary administrators and faculty. The second goal is to enhance the capacity of the participants to use the research for policy and on-going program planning.The training sessions consist of the following components:

  • Training Session One: The goal for this session is to share research on cultural competency and student success. As a part of this session participants have the opportunity to collaborate with one another and to reflect upon considerations for implementing evidence-based components in their own institutional context to increase academic outcomes for students.
  • Training Session Two: The goal of this session is to share evidence-practices on structures and supports to support the planning, development, and implementation of culturally responsive evidence-based solutions.
  • Training Session Three: The goal for this session is to share research on the characteristics and tenets of culturally sensitive instruction, with a particular focus on available research and best practices on culture-based pedagogical methods designed to enhance instruction and student learning.