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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 20, 2012

Are we culturally competent?

Women chat at a Cultural Conversations meeting. Photo by Lisa MerrillBellevue is diverse, but is it "culturally competent?" On Sept. 11 the Bellevue Cultural Conversations Program will feature a speaker knowledgeable about integrating diverse populations and fostering unity in our diverse community.

Nura Adam, the owner of a translation company and a consultant who advises organizations on cultural and religious practices, will kick off a discussion about bridging cultural gaps by sharing her reflections about 9/11 and her motivation and inspiration to move forward in a life-changing way at the meeting, 1-3 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.

Cultural Conversations meets roughly every six weeks, giving women from a variety of backgrounds a way to connect to each other and their community. The gatherings -- where participants share their stories -- are free. Refreshments are served and women of all ages, faiths and cultures are welcome to attend. 

Adam understands various cultural issues facing the city, where minorities represent more than 40 percent of the population, and is passionate about helping individuals, organizations and communities develop communication skills and gain cultural knowledge.

Adam recently developed a new model to bridge cultural gaps called the AARPIC (acknowledgement, appreciation, respect, positiveness, inclusiveness and compassion) Theory. She will present an overview of the theory, intermingled with stories, and facilitate a discussion at the meeting.

The September meeting will not be a workshop. Simply through sharing their experiences, participants can learn how to move beyond cultural barriers, assumptions and judgments to have a more positive mindset and expectations about their neighbors, colleagues and friends who come from different cultures. The program will also explore tools to build confidence and have constructive conversations that don't compromise relationships.

Multicultural Outreach offers details about Cultural Conversations, or you can contact Ying Carlson (425-452-4342 or ycarlson@bellevuewa.gov) or Barb Tuininga (425-452-2800 or btuininga@bellevuewa.gov).

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Neighborhood Outreach
450 110th Ave NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Ying Carlson
Phone: 425-452-4342
E-mail: ycarlson@bellevuewa.gov

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