My initial understanding of “Diversity,” “Multiculturalism,” and “Cultural Competence”

My understanding of the definitions of these words:

Diversity: mixture, variety, implies the existence of multiple elements (e.g. experiences, perspectives, races, etc.), the recognition of individual differences, the absence of uniformity

Multiculturalism: the presence, inclusion, preservation of more than one culture in a community or society, includes ideas and discussion about proper ways in which to respond to such diversity

Cultural Competence: having the capability to properly and effectively respond, communicate, and interact with people of different cultures. Relates to sensitivity and awareness of one’s own cultural identity (perspectives, attitudes, behaviors)

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