The mission of the NDCPD Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee (CDAC) is to build diverse relationships, strengthen community connections, and inform professionals in order to improve service delivery to citizens with disabilities and their families


Vision statements:

• Equality and Inclusion for All

• Valuing Diversity and Change

• Reaching out with respect, integrity, and unconditional positive

• Promoting self-management of prejudice

• Creating Learning Opportunities


Values statements:

  • Self-reflection and self-awareness lead to understanding cultural diversity
  • Understanding you leads to understanding the person next to you
  • Cultural Competence is an ongoing process of knowledge building, discovery and clarity


Activities that achieve mission, vision, and values statements:

  1. Participation in disability etiquette refresher training
  2. Cultural trainings and presentations
  3. Education regarding awareness of stereotypes, stigmas, and -isms related to various cultures
  4. Participation in CDAC’s activities, trainings, and provide constructive feedback/suggestions
  5. Center engagement with diverse university and community groups
  6. Awareness of how to manage prejudices in order to provide excellent services
  7. Infuse cultural components into all grant applications and center’s current grant projects



NDCPD Cultural Competence Advisory Committee 2016
(pdf - 500kb)






Diversity Book Club Meetings


Book #1:  Wednesday, November 1st at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room – the book will be The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride


Book #2:   Wednesday, December 13th at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room – the book will be The Monsters’ Rhapsody: Disability, Culture & Identity by Ann Nagill


Book #3. Wednesday, May 30th 2018 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.


Remember, you will have 6 weeks in which to read your book.  If you start the book and don’t finish it, still try to make the meeting!




Cultural Resources





January 2016

NDCPD Cultural Competency Committee

presentation on Mexican Culture; Speakers -

Elisa Rodriguez and Marina Carillo







April 2016

NDCPD Cultural Competency Committee

presentation on Japanese Culture





Fitness for Everyone - Part of the Creating

Inclusive Recreational and Fitness Facilities in ND

project. (more info... pdf)







Resources for Cultural and Linguistic Competence (pdf - 105kb)





Cultural Competence video links (pdf - 63kb)





Anti-Defamation League Calendar of Observances 2016

(pdf - 516kb)

NDCPD Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee