Skip to main content
Library Research Guides

Cultural Competence

Increase intercultural awareness and competencies for traveling abroad and living among culturally diverse populations.

Fun Resources

The Gender Unicorn (website)

How are gender, sex and attraction different? View this infographic to learn how these three concepts can be spectrums instead of binaries. Also view other helpful information on Trans Student Educational Resources website.

Which English? Quiz (website)

There are many kinds of "English." Take this quiz and let an algorithm guess which of the world's English you speak.

U-M Resources

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

U-M's efforts to acknowledge the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. Includes some information on U-M's history, future plans, campus resources, opportunities, etc.

The Program on Intergroup Relations

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Support, resources and events related to racial and ethnic inclusion and equality.

The Spectrum Center

Educational opportunities, resources and support related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The Spectrum Center also houses the Jim Toy Library collection.

Expect Respect

This initiative addresses why you should care about discrimination on campus, how to report incidents and other frequently asked questions. 

Services for Students with Disabilities

Registration and accommodations services, as well as other support resources for students with disabilities on campus.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

For the teaching community. The Diversity & Inclusion and Global Learning pages include resources such as assessments, blogs and guides related to diversity and intercultural competencies.

Academic Texts

According to the United States Census Bureau in 2012 and 2014, the U.S. is expected to become a "more diverse nation."

One example: Population percentages of immigrants and current minority groups are expected to rise.

Race & Ethnicity

What is the difference between race and ethnicity?

View replies from PBS and California Newsreel's experts. Learn more about race and diversity on PBS's RACE - The Power of an Illusion.


Click on the maps below to visit the original source for a larger view. 

University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's "Racial Dot Map"

Interactive Map of the U.S.

Image Copyright, 2013, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia (Dustin A. Cable, creator)

American Indian and Alaska Native as a Percentage of County Population: 2010

                          Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.                                                                                                                                               

American Diversity Demographics

There are many other factors that contribute to our personal identity, sense of culture, and perception. The infographics below show just a few ways in which the U.S. and the people around us can be considered "diverse."

Disability

Religion

Language

Income

Heritage

Age

Sexual Orientation

Gender

Click on the image to visit the source for the larger original.

Infographics and/or statistics from the U.S. Census BureauThe Williams Institute at UCLA and the Religious Congregations & Membership Study.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States (database)

Numerous tables of demographics and other statistical data related to different sectors of the economy. Some include population figures by race, sex, age, language, and/or religion.

Census Atlas of the United States (2007 ebook)

The U.S. Census Bureau's publication that includes hundreds of maps related to population distributions sorted by factors such as age, sex, race, ethnicity, language, education, income, housing, etc.

Atlas of American Diversity (1998 book)

Introduction to some of the large ethnic groups in the U.S. and includes some overviews, maps and charts of their population growth, projections, regional concentrations and other demographic information.

Loading

Intercultural Communication

Why is developing intercultural communication skills important?

The Costly (and Humorous) Impact of Cultural Blunders (PDF)

Culturosity.com's humorous examples of intercultural miscommunication to illustrate why cultural awareness and competencies are important.

Cross-Cultural Communication (video)

This short, online video depicts a situation in which a manager and her two employees have difficulties communicating due to different cultural backgrounds and stereotyping. It emphasizes the importance of viewing every person and country as unique.

Understanding Accents

"I have a hard time understanding accents." (article)

This advice column suggests a few strategies to appropriately deal with not understanding another person's accent.

Decoding Other People's Accents (PDF)

American Translators Association's article on some sound substitutions from foreign language speakers, followed by 3 questions to ask yourself in order to help "decode" accents.

Why complaining about your GSI's accent is a waste of time (and racist) (article)

The Michigan Daily's student-written article about some students' experiences on campus. This article also sheds light on the graduate student instructors' efforts to improve, and how students' attitudes and stereotypes can affect their understanding.

Your professor does speak English: Competence and cooperation in classroom communication (article)

Many students complain and skip classes because they do not understand their professor. This article is a good reminder of how communication is a two-way street and stereotypes affect comprehension.

Get Involved

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Efforts

Join a planning committee, participate in the conversation on Be Heard, or email ideas and input to diversityplan@umich.edu.