Planning Programs to Break Down Cultural Barriers

Learning about cultural differences in customs and beliefs is the beginning of a rewarding journey toward building trust, cross-cultural communication, and competence. When Extension professionals study cultural traditions, norms, practices, values, and learning styles, they are more prepared to effectively deliver services and connect with culturally different individuals on a deeper level. It is important to keep in mind that everyone is unique in his or her own way, so cultural norms should be viewed as guidelines, not as absolutes. This awareness will serve to enhance Extension's services and communications with audiences, rather than to stereotype individuals or communities.