Hi @dave.dillon, as promised, I’ve read through the draft Cultural Competency chapter and put together some thoughts below. Please note that these are thoughts from a non-expert in the field.
- Excellent chapter to include, and it’ll make a great addition to the text!
- There’s a slight shift between “you,” “I” and “they” at the start of the chapter was a bit confusing. Suggest sticking with you throughout, or however the rest of the book is referring to the reader for consistency’s sake.
- Vocabulary list was great to have, for students to be able to refer to. I thought of some terms that may be helpful to add, due to their popularity in media usage or in the college setting: cultural appropriation, micro-aggression, tokenism, diaspora, and ESL (English as a Second Language) speakers. Perhaps also: equity vs equality?
- The first exercise, option B suggests visiting a church - but perhaps make this a bit more neutral, or include other spaces of religious worship? Local community centres may also be good to add to this list.
- I loved the sample scenarios and bullet points following that prompted readers to self-reflect.
- The section on Cold War Terminology could sit under “Global Classification” not separate from it.
Overall, the chapter was hugely informative, and a very very valuable addition to the book. As you’re continuing to edit, I might suggest thinking about order and flow, or more clearly signalling sub-sections within the chapter. I noticed a few shifts from theory to informal language and back to theory, which wasn’t unpleasant as a reader, but could possibly be signalled to with transition sentences between sections.
I hope this is helpful – please take these as suggestions, feedback, with no obligations to implement any. I really look forward to seeing this chapter included in the books in the coming months, and am eager to see how students and instructors respond.