The mission of A Kinder Enterprise is to increase the cultural competency of organizations by leading their stakeholders in developing cultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills that empower them to effectively communicate and service diverse populations.
Who Am I?
Azeb T. Kinder is the Founder and CEO of A Kinder Enterprise. Prior to founding the company, Azeb was a classroom teacher, administrator, and consultant in public and charter schools in Philadelphia for over 15 years. During her tenure in schools, she focused on educational equity and racial literacy as a means of empowering historically marginalized students and families. Her passion for racial equity began during her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where she was trained in the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), a social justice education program that blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. She has facilitated numerous dialogue groups in schools, colleges and religious organizations.
Azeb received her M.Ed. Elementary Education from Temple University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Gwynedd Mercy University with a concentration in PreK-12 School and District Administration. Her research is focused on identity development of white teachers and the impact on antiracist teaching. Azeb offers training that addresses issues of racial disparity by leading a program that enables and empowers teachers and others to develop a positive racial identity that puts them on the path to becoming culturally proficient practitioners.
What is Cultural Competence?
Cultural competence is more than just being aware of differences; it refers to demonstrating attitudes and an approach that allows you to work effectively cross-culturally.
It implies valuing and adapting to diversity; being aware of your own identity and cultural biases; and being able to manage the dynamics of interacting with people who are different.
- Adapted from J. Camphina-Bacote, J Nursing Education, 1999; 38: 204)
“To be culturally competent doesn’t mean you are an authority in the values and beliefs of every culture. What it means is that you hold a deep respect for cultural differences and are eager to learn, and willing to accept, that there are many ways of viewing the world.”
— Okokon O. Udo, PhD
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