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Understand the Cultures You Serve

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Your program staff should represent and understand the students and families you serve. Look for staff members who share students' cultural backgrounds, religions and languages, and who live in the same communities.

Do your best to find staff members of different educational and career backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations and economic levels, and staff who are fluent in languages spoken by your students and families.

Coordinate with local schools and their family liaisons to get to know the cultures in your community.

Make program information available in languages and formats your families can understand. You can present information in various ways:

  • Print
  • Website
  • Town hall meetings
  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Social media

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