Virtual UnConference: Understanding the why behind cultural competence - Session 1

Event Type : UnConference
Starts at May 04, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern
Finishes at May 04, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern

The UnConference has been modified for a completely virtual delivery. Attendees will still gain the complete 2020 UnConference content and experience but delivered in a virtual format. UnConference attendees will participate in three (3) 90-minute* highly interactive live online meetings with approximately 30-40 minutes of prework before each module. 

*Note: the Module #3 live meeting will be 100 minutes.

Live meetings will involve interactive discussions utilizing online facilitation techniques such as: full group discussions, polls, whiteboard, & breakout groups.

Prework will consist of viewing pre-recorded webinar-style presentations plus completing self-reflective activities. All prework and activities will be discussed during the live meetings.

Clients, communities, and workplaces continue to evolve and become increasingly diverse. It is essential that we become more culturally competent, but that means more than just race or nationality. It is a proxy for how we deal with difference, whatever those differences may be (e.g. age, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, caregiver status).

There is a strong moral imperative and business case for individuals and workplaces to become more culturally competent, enabling colleagues to bridge communities and navigate commonalities and differences at work. Cultural competence is also a key trait of inclusive leaders. Workplaces are looking to broaden their talent pool, and eliminate barriers to the hiring, retention and inclusion of culturally diverse employees and clients. 

But what does it mean to be culturally competent? This is where inclusion comes in. As Canada becomes more diverse, the question has never been more critical to ensuring individuals have the skills to manage people and create an inclusive workplace for everyone.

UnConference 2020 will explore the concept and provide participants with ways of becoming more culturally competent by:

      • Introducing key concepts and why they matter in today’s workplace.
      • Discussing the role cultural competence plays in mitigating bias and creating culturally adaptable and equitable workplaces.
      • Providing practical tips and strategies to become more self-aware and knowledgeable about one’s own culture in relation to the culture of others.
      • Providing activities to gain a better understanding of cultural differences at work, and how to adapt to them.
      • Sharing promising practices to foster inclusive workplaces that are culturally diverse and work towards culturally competent and bias-aware recruiting and talent management processes.

Instructions for Participants:

UnConference attendees registering should ensure they are available for all 3 live modules and schedule time to complete the prework before each live module.

Complete instructions on prework activities will be emailed to each attendee upon registration.


  • May 4, 2020 10:00-11:30 a.m. ET – Module 1
  • May 6, 2020 10:00-11:30 a.m. ET – Module 2
  • May 8, 2020 10:00-11:40 a.m. ET – Module 3



  • Prework: Module 1
  • May 4, Module 1: Introduction and the imperative for cultural competence
  • Prework: Module 2
  • May 6, Module 2: Digging deeper into key concepts and activities
  • Prework: Module 3
  • May 8, Module 3: Developing cultural competence and conclusion

Presentation language

  • English


Registration for this virtual event is full and now closed.

Event Location

CCDI office
820 - 2 Carlton Street
M5B 1J3