Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Kent County...A Great Place to Work

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As an organization, Kent County values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to a diverse and inclusionary environment, led by our Cultural Insight Council (CIC), a self-directed work team.

Cultural Insight Council

Sandra Upton

Dr. Sandra Upton of the Cultural Intelligence Center.

David Livermore

David Livermore, Ph.D of the Cultural Intelligence Center.

What Is Your CQ?

Kent County is a diverse place and the population is ever-changing. Just take a look at Kentwood Public Schools. Last year, there were students from 89 countries who spoke 71 different languages in the district. Understanding cultural differences is critical for the success of all workplaces, both for internal and external relationships. On September 6, more than 250 employees attended a morning seminar presented by the Cultural Intelligence Center.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) helps us relate to and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. "Going beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness, it is important to identify the recurring capabilities of individuals who can successfully and respectfully accomplish their objectives, whatever the cultural context," according to the website www.culturalq.com. "Awareness is the first step, but it’s not enough. A culturally intelligent individual is not only aware but can also effectively work and relate with people and projects across different cultural contexts."

As part of the CIC Strategic Plan, all Kent County employees will have a chance to find out more about their CQ drive and knowledge, as well as how to develop stronger CQ strategies and an action plan. We are excited that employees will receive personalized CQ training during short, three hour sessions. Classes will be scheduled for current employees in 2018 and 2019.

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