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Intercultural Competence and Reconciliation: Diversity Lecture Series

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil addressed students, faculty, and staff at the diversity lecture held on April 6. Salter McNeil concentrated on presenting her model of the reconciliation process in regard to ethnic and racial diversity within institutions and organizations.

The four phases of the Reconciliation Cycle are designed to bring about cultural change by establishing a team of diverse leaders to lead the ethnic diversity initiatives within their institution or organization.

The Realization Phase: Those within the organization must recognize the cultural assumptions operating in their setting and make a decision to improve “intercultural competence.”

The Identification Phase:  A collaborative effort is made by members of the organization to change the existing assumptions about relations between members. These changes are supported by new structures, policies, and roles.

The Preparation Phase: Members of the organization are equipped with the skills needed to effectively incorporate diversity into their lives. “Intercultural competence” requires the willingness to engage, practice, and demonstrate these skills.

The Activation Phase: The new diversity initiative is now an intricate part of the existence of the organization. Ethnic and racial diversity is embraced and celebrated by organizations' members and leadership.

Diversity LectureSalter McNeil holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.  She earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary.  Salter McNeil is the author of A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism, and Race and coauthor of Exploring the Heart of Racial Justice. She also founded Salter McNeil & Associates, LLC, specializing in aiding organizations and institutions in integrating ethic diversity initiatives into their settings.

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