Workshops and training are scheduled periodically and developed based on input from CHNA 15 members. Training is designed to enhance and strengthen the work of individuals, organizations and communities and address program content and capacity building topics.

Cultural Proficiency

A free community workshop sponsored by CHNA 15 and led by Susan Naimark

February 14, 2017
10:00 AM– 1:00 PM

Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford (Snow Date of February 16, 2017)

Cultural proficiency is a way of interacting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds that respects and values differences. It places an emphasis on shifting our frame of reference from seeing difference as a problem to be solved, to understanding cultural differences as an asset to communities and institutions. While we can never be "proficient" in every culture we encounter, we can learn respectful and appropriate ways to approach learning about and including others. This workshop explores a framework for assessing culture, managing the dynamics of difference, and adapting to diversity in the workplace and in communities.

The presenter, Susan Naimark, is a part-time faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, School of Education, and affiliate trainer with Teachers 21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors of Community Change, Inc., a Boston-based racial justice education and organizing group.

"I've spent a lifetime exploring how to promote racial equity, cultural proficiency and community building across diversity. I train and assist parents, educators, grassroots leaders, nonprofit and public agencies to strengthen their communities by honing these skills." -Susan

Learn more about Susan at

Space is limited and open to individuals, agencies and organizations from within CHNA 15 Communities of: Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.

Fill out the Registration Form and email to Randi Epstein, CHNA 15 Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or fill out the form below:

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