BAM! – Best Advocacy Movement

BAM - Best Advocacy Movement training is about helping you grow and expand your multicultural understanding. You’ll learn about diversity and how to be an active advocate and leader for social change. Please make a splash in this project with us at the CWC! During this training you will complete activities and watch video clips about interesting topics, answer questions to expand your multicultural understanding, and have opportunities for self-reflection.
So… get ready for BAM!!

Multicultural Competencies

This term refers to an ongoing learning process characterized by the following five components:
  • Awareness — gaining an understanding of ourselves as cultural beings and the ways in which you experience privilege and oppression.
  • Skills — gaining specific tools for reflecting on multicultural competence and for putting one’s competence into practice. When we use skills we are actually doing something to contribute to a more socially just world!
  • Sensitivity — attaining a critical consciousness that culture is a foundational part of our interactions.
  • Knowledge — building a more complete and accurate understanding about other's culturaland socio-historical backgrounds.
  • Humility — being open to other cultures with awareness that our knowledge and understanding of different cultures will be limited.
Five aspects of multicultural competencies are embedded within the entire BAM! experience.

We can develop and enhance our skills in how to act in solidarity with members of commonly oppressed communities.
Gain greater awareness of how social justice informs and impacts our mental, emotional, and social well-being.
Strengthening one’s multicultural competencies is an exciting life-long process. There is always something new to learn about ourselves and others by practicing culturally attuned communication.

PRE-TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Start the modules with a pre-test to assess your current knowledge about issues related to identity, diversity, and social justice. This will serve as a guide to help gauge how your knowledge base and perspective may be different after learning the material that will be presented.

Test Your Knowledge

Disclaimer

These topics may be hard or challenging to understand. That’s okay!.

When we are confronted with topics we are unfamiliar with, like multiculturalism, social justice, or oppression; it is very normal to experience a wide range of emotions. We invite you to engage with an open heart and a desire to learn, as these reactions are typical of the multicultural identity development process, as well as of the process of becoming a social justice advocate. There are no absolutes to doing social justice work. We can never be certain of the emotions it can bring up in ourselves, or how other people will respond. While investing in social justice work, it is essential to invest in self-care and healing.

I am aware of the possibility of not agreeing with the information presented.

Knowing this, I wish to proceed voluntarily