Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to evaluate, foster, and advance the WVU CED’s vision, mission, and core values in regards to cultural and linguistic competency, diversity, and inclusion.

Definition of Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Cultural competence requires that organizations:

  • have a defined set of values and principles, and demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, policies, and structures that enable them to work effectively cross-culturally,
  • have the capacity to (1) value diversity, (2) conduct self-assessment, (3) manage the dynamics of difference, (4) acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge, and (5) adapt to the diversity and cultural contexts of the individuals, families, and communities they serve, and
  • incorporate the above in all aspects of policy making, administration, practice, service delivery and systematically involve consumers, families, and communities” (Cross, Bazron, Dennis, & Issacs, 1989).
  • "Linguistic competence is the capacity of an organization and its personnel to communicate effectively and convey information in a manner that is easily understood by diverse groups including persons of limited English proficiency, those who have low literacy skills or are not literate, individuals experiencing disabilities, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing" (Goode & Jones, 2006).

Cross, T., Bazron, B., Dennis, K., & Isaacs, M. (1989). Towards a culturally competent system of care: A monograph on effective services for minority children who are severely emotionally disturbed (Vol. 1). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Child Development Center.

Goode, T. D., & Jones, W. A. (2006). Definition of linguistic competence. National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.

Members

Please contact any of the committee members with questions, concerns, or comments about cultural and linguistic competency or for more information on the committee.

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    Lashanna Brunson

    lbrunson@hsc.wvu.edu

    Lashanna Brunson is the Positive Behavior Support Program Manager. Her professional interests include disseminating behavioral principles to the community, person-centered practices, and diversity and cultural competence.

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    Courtney Lanham

    celanham@hsc.wvu.edu

    Courtney Lanham is the Training Specialist at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities since March 2017. She currently has interests in training of staff and community members with a focus on diversity and cultural competence.

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    Nicholas Larson

    nlarson1@hsc.wvu.edu

    Nicholas Larson is a behavior specialist for the Center’s Positive Behavior Support Project. His professional interests include training professionals and caregivers in comprehensive, person-centered behavioral assessment and planning, and creative, community-based quality of life enhancements.

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    Josh Phillips

    JPHILL32@hsc.wvu.edu

    Josh Phillips is currently employed as a Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Coordinator covering 7 counties in northern West Virginia. His current professional interests include: healthcare and labor policy, social justice, issue advocacy and staying current on best practices within the field of brain injury.