Diverse Groups

Who will benefit from culturally responsive programs and services?

All members of a diverse society benefit from a greater understanding of varying cultures and learning to become more responsive to groups of people different from their own. While CBCAP funded-services are often targeted to the broad population, under-served and under-represented groups are a particular focus of limit resources. Please use the links below for more information on each group listed:

Everyone in a setting benefits from a culturally diverse community of people, in which respect and cultural humility is practiced. This diversity allows for learning new ideas and new practices and enables individuals to better operate in a diverse world. People who live in isolation, or who are surrounded only by homogeneous people will miss the opportunities that learning from other cultures can bring to children, families, and communities.

Avoiding the Single Story

When people grow up in homogeneous communities, they may only have a single image of other people. Author, teacher, and international speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes this as labeling people with a single story. This involves knowing very little about a person’s culture but thinking that one understands the other person and their experiences completely. No one has a “single story” and can be so easily understood. It is important to practice enough cultural humility to seek to learn more than a single thing or only a few things about another group of people.

You will better understand this single story concept by watching Ms. Adichie’s Ted Talk at the link below:

This talk incorporates examples from America, Nigeria, and Mexico to describe the problem in using a single story to work with other people.


The following resources are categorized by special population and include both longstanding national non-profit organizations and federal government offices that offer information which may be of interest to the CBCAP community.

Latino and Hispanic Resources
(**Provide direct services in communities.)

http://www.aspira.org/ - **ASPIRA works at the grass-roots level to provide programs that encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, prepare them to succeed in the educational arena, develop their leadership skills, and to serve their community. It is organized in eight states and Puerto Rico and has extensive national presence through its partnerships with hundreds of regional, state and local education Community Based Organizations.

http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ -**The mission of Catholic Charities agencies is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same. If you search online “Catholic Charities Latino Service” a range of state and regional affiliate organizations will be listed that have large Latino and Hispanic service populations.

http://lulac.org/- The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

http://www.lutheranservices.org/ - **A national faith based organization that provides health and social services (i.e., housing and substance abuse prevention/treatment) in hard to serve communities. They provide services to refugee, immigrant, and migrant families, many of whom are Latinos.

http://www.naprhsw.org/ - National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers (APRHSW) was created to organize Social Workers and other Human Service professionals to strengthen, develop and improve the resources and services that meet the needs of Puerto Rican/Hispanic families.

http://www.chci.org/ - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is a nonpartisan leadership development organization rooted in the same three mission cornerstones laid by its founders: Educate, Empower, and Connect. CHCI promotes education attainment and college access, providing unmatched career development experience, and offering award-winning leadership programs that connect program participants to a network of U.S. leaders.

African Americans and Other Ethnicities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaSHLbS1V4w - A Video: Understanding Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices (2012) A 30-minute documentary by San Francisco State professor Vivian Chávez that mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage, and images of community, nature and dance to explain what Cultural Humility is and why we need it.

http://www.pbs.org/journeytopeace/credits/index.html - A program developed by Jamila White, Douglas Spiro, and Cole McGee that includes a documentary film. The website includes clips of videos from conversations with Dr. John Hope Franklin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 21 students. The students are from the United States, South Africa and the Republic of Senegal. Clips of student conversations revolve around interracial relationships, international stereotypes, intergenerational issues and using art to build bridges. The documentary was shown on PBS in 2001 and is available for order, but the website offers a number of rich resources which are readily available.

American Indian and Alaska Native Resources

http://www.collegefund.org/ - Native American College Fund: The American Indian College Fund's motto is educating the mind and spirit. We achieve this by providing Native students with scholarships and providing financial support for the nation's 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which incorporate American Indian culture and language into their curriculum to honor our students' heritage and Native identity.

http://www.bia.gov/ - U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs: Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.

http://www.ihs.gov/ - U.S. Indian Health Services: The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 566 federally recognized tribes.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/initiatives-priorities/tribal - U.S. Administration for Children and Families’ Tribal and Native American Resources: ACF is committed to working with Tribal Governments in building a strong partnership regarding our programs and the services they provide. ACF provides the largest amount of funding to Native Americans located throughout the nation and the territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianna Islands outside of the funds provided by the Indian Health Service. Out of a budget of almost $50 Billion, ACF awards on the average $647 Million to Native Americans from the following programs Head Start, Child Care, TANF, LIHEAP, Child Support and the Administration for Native Americans to name a few.

http://www.justice.gov/otj/ - Office of Tribal Justice, Department of Justice: The website addresses policies and initiatives for parties interested in Indian affairs ranging from federal criminal law, to methamphetamine use, civil rights, gaming, and related information sharing.

http://www.bie.edu/index.htm - Bureau of Indian Education

http://www.ncai.org/ - National Congress of American Indians: Founded in 1944, it is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaskan Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. Updates posted regularly share new initiatives, issues in the media, and opportunities for native youth.


http://www.refugees.org/ - The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has been serving uprooted people, regardless of their nationality, race, ideology, or social group. They provide tools and opportunities for self-sufficiency to refugees and immigrants nationwide, fight refugee warehousing around the world, serve victims of human trafficking, and protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/ - The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with opportunities to maximize their potential in the United States, linking people in need to critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.


https://www.disability.gov/ - This is the federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. You can find thousands of resources on topics, such as how to apply for Social Security disability benefits, find a job and pay for accessible housing, to name just a few. Let Disability.gov guide you to the information you want.

http://www.acl.gov/Programs/CDAP/Index.aspx - The Center for Disability and Aging Policy advises and supports the ACL Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator in developing effective Federal policies and programs to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and the aging of the nation’s population. The Center supports, plans, coordinates and oversees the implementation of policies, programs and special initiatives designed to overcome barriers that prevent older Americans and persons with disabilities from fully participating and contributing in an inclusive community life.

http://www.ada.gov/ - The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.


http://www.fatherhood.gov/about-us - The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

Military Families

http://www.militaryonesource.com/skins/MOS/home.aspx - Military OneSource: Offers help with parenting and child care, education, relocation, financial and legal concerns, and everyday issues.

http://www.militaryfamily.org/ - National Military Family Association: Provides education and information regarding rights, benefits, and services for military families.

http://www.couragetocareforme.org/offline/ - Courage To Care For Me: Provides fact sheets on timely health topics relevant to military life developed by military health experts at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

http://www.militarychild.org/ - Military Child Education Coalition: Helps military children cope with being transferred from school to school around the world.

http://www.naccrra.org/military-families - NACCRRA: Provides child care resources and referral agencies that help parents find quality child care.

For more information on how to access FRIENDS technical assistance on this issue, Cultural Responsiveness, CBCAP State Leads may contact your FRIENDS T/TA coordinator.