Cultural Diversity is the Spice of Life!
The EPIC Program is proud to launch the 2013 Awareness Campaign on Cultural Competence. There are two purposes for the campaign:
1) To raise awareness on the importance of building genuine relationships with diverse individuals; and,
2) To promote action towards appropriately responding to the culturally-based addiction prevention needs of NJ communities.
EPIC’s main goal is to empower addiction prevention organizations and providers alike to actively and continually strive towards cultural competence.
We are excited to bring the theme of the campaign, “Cultural Diversity is the Spice of Life”, to life with captivating images of real providers who serve communities across New Jersey, creative promotional items, and artistically designed posters. Check out the campaign video to learn more about EPIC’s awareness campaign, to view the poster materials, and discover how you can get actively involved!
The Campaign Overview Video
The campaign video reminds us that we are all shaped by our individual beliefs and traditions. For this reason, it is important to celebrate the unique flavor each of us brings to life! As the campaign message indicates, self-awareness enables us to discover the similarities shared between ourselves and others, and, with compassion, we honor our differences. It is through this culturally competent process that respectful communication serves as a key ingredient for relationship building with others.
Lifelong learning is integral to our development of culturally relevant knowledge and competent skills useful to establishing genuine relationships. So, day by day, each one of us can improve on being aware of our own cultural narrative and honoring the rich backgrounds and traditions of others. By enhancing our ability to listen, learn, and respect our multicultural clients, we can meet them where they are and discover where they want to go.
How to Access Materials:
Cultural competence is a value to which we can all subscribe to achieve healthier, drug-free communities. To support you in serving your diverse clients, we invite you to take advantage of the campaign materials. We've created three graphic designs for use by you and your organization: