Actions to Increase Your Cultural Competency

Diversity in the Workplace

Employers are embracing the benefits of a diverse workforce and changing their recruiting efforts to meet the changing demographics of our nation. As you begin or continue on your College to Career Journey, educate yourself by evaluating and assessing your personal level of cultural competency. There is always something new to learn about others in order to be successful and thrive in an inclusive work setting.

Whether you are seeking to build your cultural competence and awareness or feel that you need access to services tailored to your own identities, we hope the resources below can help address your specific concerns. Remember that we are available to help you navigate and reflect.

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Additional Resources

  • Stan State Student Organizations
    and Resources
  • Black Student Union
    • To promote activities of common interest, as well as cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body.
      President – Alliyah Johnson
      Follow on Instagram: @stanstatebsu


  • Career Resources
  • The Black Collegian
    • The Career and Job Site for African American College Students


  • Community Resources
  • Valley API Mental Health Project
    • First-of-its-kind effort to bring together Asian Pacific Islander (API) and API-serving mental health services providers, advocates, and social services agencies from all eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley.

  • Hlub Hmong Center
    • To ensure the survival, well-being, and prosperity of the Hmong people and their rich cultural heritage through education, research, advocacy, and entrepreneurialism.

  • The Bridge Community Center
    • Offers interpreting services in Hmong, Cambodian and Laotian for medical, dental and other appointments as well as help with filling out forms for governmental and other agencies.

  • Asyrian Wellness Collaborative
    • Community based collaboration to increase overall wellness and empowerment of the Assyrian community.

  • Stan State Student Organizations and Resources
  • Undocumented Student Services

    • The mission of the Undocumented Student Services is to build campus culture that acknowledges, accepts, and integrates students from diverse backgrounds regardless of their immigration status. For more information please contact, Polet Hernandez, Dreamers Project Coordinator at (209) 667-3519.

  • Undocumented Student Organization

    • Mission: The purpose of Undocumented Student Organization (Us) is to Nurture, Advocate, Empower, and Support Undocumented students from all backgrounds to successfully pursue a higher education and foster a supportive campus dedicated to educational and personal success
      Follow on Instagram: uso_csus

  • Become an Ally

    • Mission: The goal of the Undocu-Ally Training is to build campus culture that acknowledges, accepts, and integrates students from diverse backgrounds regardless of their immigration status.

  • Community Resources

  • El Concilio

    • Mission: To empower the region’s diverse low-income, minority and marginalized communities by providing critically needed comprehensive and compassionate programs and services.

  • Community Resources (continued)
  • Stanislaus County Workforce Development

    • Offers a myriad of resources to assist the job seeker in his or her search for gainful employment. If you are looking for work, changing careers, or exploring new career options, Workforce Development is your single point of access to a network of employment, training, and educational programs available in Stanislaus County.

  • Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
    • Low-cost immigration legal services in applying for legal permanent residency status, citizenship application, family reunification, renewal of green cards, filing for employment authorization documents, deferred action for childhood arrivals and applications for temporary protection status.

  • Scholarships

    • Review list of various scholarships undocumented students

  • Workplace Rights

    • Legal Aid At Work: Understand your Workplace Rights as a DACA recipient, what to to and how to continue using your Employment Authorization Documents.

  • Pre-Health Dreamers

    • Support for undocumented students pursuing careers in health and science 

  • Immigrants Rising

    • Resources to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation

  • Campus and Community Resouces

    • Indigenous Student Activism: Indigenous Students in Activism is
      a student-led club that started from the community we built in Ethnic Studies
      2300: Introduction to Native American
      and Indigenous Studies course during the fall of 2018. We built a community around learning about Indigenous resistance in
      our community and within ourselves.

    • Colectivo Estudiantil Son Xinachtil: We are a Social Justice Son Jarocho collective based in Stanislaus State,
      Central Valley. We play, sing, & dance to spread decolonial knowledge

    • Indigenous Peoples Movement: A global coalition bringing awareness
      of issues affecting Indigenous people from North & South America, Oceania, Asia, Africa, & the Caribbean.

  • Campus Organizations and Resources
    • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx
      De Aztlan: Student organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history.  MECHA was founded on the principles of self determination for the liberation of our people.  We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society
      Follow on Instagram: @stanstatemecha

    • Chicanx Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA): Organized in the Spring of 2018 as a way to bring a strong voice to issues affecting the Chicanx Latinx community at Stanislaus Sate
      Follow on Instagram: @clfsadestanstate​​​​​​

  • Career Resources
  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

    • Mission: To positively impact the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino professionals the insight, access and support to be successful in their careers.

  • Hispanic Association of College and Universities

    • To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education by promoting the development of member colleges and universities, improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

  • Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

    • Mission: To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy.

  • Campus Resources
  • Disability Resource Services
    • Services include, but are
      not limited to alternate text,
      assistive technology
      information, notetakers,
      sign language interpreters,
      real-time captioning, campus housing accommodations,
      campus accessibility and
      disability parking information, testing accommodations,
      advocacy, or assistance with
      any other campus
      disability-related needs.

  • Accessible Technology Initiative
    • Committed to providing access
      to information resources and technologies to individuals
      with disabilities. 

  • Community Resources
  • CA Department of Rehabilitation
    • Works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide
      services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and, 
      equality for individuals with disabilities.

    • Stan County Location:
      1209 Woodrow Ave, Ste. B-1, Modesto, (209)576-6220

  • Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL): 
    • DRAIL services are tools that assist people with disabilities to live more independent lives. Independence requires support
      for both the physical and emotional
      needs of the individual. DRAIL services
      are designed to empower individuals
      to achieve personal goals,
      renew confidence and
      enable independence. 

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County
    • Resource for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities, their families
      and their communities

  • Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication and Housing (REACH):
    • helps people with a range of
      special needs and disabilities communicate more effectively
      and live more independently
      at home and in the community.

  • Stanislaus Regional Transit - Discount disability services
  • Career Resources
  • Ability Jobs
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Disability Rights, Education Activism and Mentoring (DREAM)
    • DREAM is charged with the mission of advancing the interests of students with disabilities, in post-secondary institutions, and their allies across the United States. DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, social and policy change, and aims to provide support and mentorship to local campus disability groups and individual students. DREAM hopes to empower students with disabilities to work for local and national change, encourage the development of disability culture and peer support, and advance the study of disabilities within academia. In keeping with the larger cross-disabilities movement, DREAM aspires to be as inclusive as possible.

  • Entry Point Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Entry Point! identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities who are majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.  Students are screened and referred to program partners, who seek specific skills and majors, for consideration of being placed in a summer internship or co-op.

  • Job Accommodation Network
    • JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace

  • Ticket to Work (Social Security)
    • Social Security's Ticket to Work Program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket Program is free and voluntary. The Ticket program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.

  • US Department of Labor - Disability Resources
  • Research on Disability
    • This highlights several Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers at the Institute on Disability. Particular areas of concentration are employment, statistics and demographics, education, health and program participation.

  • Campus Resources
  • Student Veteran Center
    • Student Veteran Center provides
      academic, life and career skills support
      for student veterans, military personnel
      and their families enrolled at Stan State

  • Veterans Club of Stan State
    • This is YOUR Club, designed to
      maximize your education benefits
      and ensure you are aware of all the resources available to you; develop
      social and professional relationships/ networks, continue your desire for
      service through Veteran support
      systems, while establishing a positive presence in the local and campus community.

Community Resources

  • Stanislaus County Veterans Services
    • Mission: To assist veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining Federal State and County benefits.

  • EDD Vet Services
    • Priority services to all veterans, and
      to help you and your eligible spouse
      find jobs and maximize your employment and training opportunities. Our veteran representatives specialize in helping you return to work and offer the following services:

    • A 24-hour priority hold on all job listings just for veterans

    • Customized job search assistance

    • Job fairs and workshops

    • Employer recruitments

    • Other events and resources

Other Career Resources:

Military to Civilian Skills Translator by O*Net Online: Military Crosswalk Search 
Use this resource to help you identify skills, knowledge, and abilities gained from your military experience by looking at your Military Occupational Classification (MOC).

Professional Associations:

  • Campus Resources
  • Project Rebound
    • Offers special services and a supportive environment to formerly incarcerated individuals

Community Resources

  • Friends Outside
    • Friends Outside has been a visionary, pro-active child and family advocate helping families, children and incarcerated individuals cope with the trauma of arrest and incarceration, find a new direction, and move forward with their lives.

  • Stanislaus County Workforce Development
    • Offers a myriad of resources to assist the job seeker in his or her search for gainful employment. If you are looking for work, changing careers, or exploring new career options, Workforce Development is your single point of access to a network of employment, training, and educational programs available in Stanislaus County

Updated: February 13, 2024