Cultural Competence in Workforce Development

The Jobs Initiative Experience

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 17, 2006


This report focuses on six sites invested in workforce development as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Readers will learn about the cultural competence issues that arose in these sites and the tools and strategies developed in response. This publication is a sequel to the Foundation’s Taking the Initiative on Jobs and Race report, released in 2001. 

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Key Takeaway

Lesson No. 1 sounds simple (but it’s oh-so-important): Start talking

This report shares six lessons that Jobs Initiative sites learned about cultivating cultural competence in the workplace. Tops on the list? Launch a dialogue about race and work. This critical first step enabled sites to explicitly address the cultural competence challenges they faced.

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