A1: What Does It Mean to Be a Culturally-Competent Mentor?

In the first section, you will review your role as a Cultural Navigator (CN) and learn basic strategies for successful mentoring. You will consider awareness of yourself, of others, and of the newcomer's cultural adjustment process. Before beginning this section, you should review the recommended reading list to familiarize yourself with the content covered in this section. You will also take a pre-assessment to evaluate what you already know. 

As a Cultural Navigator, you will serve as a mentor to your assigned newcomer family.  You will identify and address the needs of the family members by:

(1) meeting with them regularly

(2) connecting them with community and social services

(3) inviting them to local events and activities

In this process, it is vital that you and the family keep personal information confidential.  Mentoring is a two-way street. Just as your assigned newcomer will learn from you, you will gain more cross-cultural understanding from them.

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