Cultural Wellness is being aware of one's own cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds. It involves interacting well with people of both genders, different backgrounds, lifestyles, abilities, ethnicities, and ages.
Steps to Encourage Cultural Wellness
- Keep an open mind and try to eliminate assumptions. Not everyone in a given culture is the same.
- Treat people as you would like to be treated.
- Learn more about unfamiliar cultures. Our campus offers clubs, presentations, concerts, and classes which celebrate the uniqueness of different cultures. There are more than 200 recognized student organizations on campus. If you don't find one that meets your needs, you and your friends can start your own club.
- Become familiar with your own ethnic background. Ask your grandparents or other family members about your family history.
- Move from dualistic thinking to a multi-cultural way of thinking.
- Talk with others about their traditions and cultures.
- Develop alliances with people of different cultures to collaborate on mutual goals.