Developing Partnerships with Others Who Have Cultural Competence in Your Field

Fortunately, you don't have to do the work of creating more inclusive programs alone. Chances are good that you can develop partnerships with other organizations in your community to strengthen your programs.

For example, a health and human services agency may ask other organizations who work with a similar population to provide referrals from communities of color. Or a conventional arts organization can partner with a cultural institution that has roots in a particular community to co-host a series of forums on a topic that is of interest to both organizations.

Creative partnerships could lead to collaborations that can help your organization create more inclusive programs and attract a more diverse constituency. However, be sensitive to the needs and resources of other organizations when pursuing partnership opportunities. While there will likely be organizations ready and available to partner with you, other organizations with roots in specific communities of color may find that their resources have been spread too thinly by acting as a partner with too many mainstream organizations.

 

Overview: Programs and Constituents 

Defining Your Target Population 

Tracking and Evaluating How Constituents Use Your Programs

Approaches to Program Design 

Examples of Impact of Inclusiveness on Program Effectiveness  

Creating More Inclusive Programs and More Diverse Constituents 

    Developing Partnerships with Others Who Have Cultural Competence in Your Field 

     Asking Constituents for Suggestions 

     Creating a Programs/Constituents Advisory Board 

     Finding a Mentor