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Web Resources Related to Cultural Competency



Military Links

The U.S. Air Force Culture and Language Center supports the Expeditionary Air Force by providing Airmen at all ranks with the best available understanding of foreign cultures and the competencies to communicate and collaborate effectively with members of foreign societies.
    Air Force Culture and Language Center
    Air University Culture and Language Center

The U.S. Marine Corps CAOCL promotes a grasp of culture and language as regular, mainstream components of the operating environment - the human terrain - throughout the full spectrum of military operations and is the Corps "one-stop" clearinghouse for operational culture and language training.
    Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)

The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library provides various cultural awareness readings and resources.
    Combined Arms Research Library

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Cultural Center provides comprehensive studies of various cultures and their way of life.
    University of Military Intelligence

The DLI Cultural Awareness Assessment (CAA) assesses familiarity with specific regional cultures. Knowledge of the target culture is measured in levels from 0+ to 2, on a scale developed from the DoD Regional and Cultural Expertise Guidelines. General topics include geography, religions, customs and basic phrases of the defining language of the culture. More detailed information on the government, economy, history, military, and security situation is also assessed.
    Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Civilian Links

This Site provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
    CultureGrams

This site, developed at the Defense Language Institute by the Curriculum Development Division, contains basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society, and Security
    DLI Countries in Perspective

Intercultural Management Institute provides customized training for effective communication, negotiation and leadership across cultures. IMI offers workshops, academic courses, and also conducts academic research on a wide range of intercultural topics.
    Intercultural Management Institute

The Peace Corps website provides a detailed cultural training and education program for people desiring to work in and learn another culture as well as their existing "self culture."  The Publications section includes a significant "Workbook" titled "Culture Matters" that can be used by any government agency to help build a Cultural Awareness Program.
    Peace Corps

The Peace Corps Online Library provides a list of relative topics of discussion including Cross Cultural Communication, Culture Shock, Reverse Culture Shock, Cultural Competency and others through their online Library. The site provides further discussion including expanded topics and references for each item listed. The site also includes access to the Peace Corps Cultural Training and Awareness Program. Use the find option from your menu bar to search for a selected topic.
    Peace Corps Online Library

This site provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
    State Department Countries and Regions

Culture Learning Websites

Several organizations have built tools and assessments to enhance the learning of diverse cultures.  The following links serve as access points for online culture learning.

  UWF Online Training on Afghanistan

  UWF Online Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies

  Culture Awareness Assessment by DLI

  USMC Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)

 
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