II. Diversity

Competency II

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

As a social worker, I understand how a person’s character and identity can be shaped by diversity. As a social worker, I recognize that I will work with individuals who are different from myself; differences can go far beyond race, ethnicity, and religion. I will seek information to understand further those differences and how it impacts my work with my clients. I will seek out the strengths with those who I serve and will work to build upon those strengths. To ensure I meet the needs of my clients I will seek to learn more about diverse groups while refraining from the use of discriminatory practices.

Practice Behaviors:

  1. Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels.
  2. Presents self as a learner and engages clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences.
  3. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.

In my minority groups class we learned about various minority groups along with the discrimination and prejudice that these groups often feel. In a discussion topic related to biblical justification for discrimination.

Biblical Justification for Discrimination Discussion


I had the distinct pleasure to attend a service at a Jewish Synagogue and learn more about the Jewish culture as part of the minorities group class. During the culture diversity trip that I attended with my cohort to Chicago I was able to experience several different cultures during worship.

Chicago Diversity Trip Reflection