Cultural competence develops slowly, and patience is necessary during this process.
Take time sincerely to know and understand your mentee.
Remember that most people are doing the best they can.
Strive to know and develop a relationship with the family, as this will aid in your understanding of your mentee.
Learn to be open to new ideas, thoughts, and being out of your comfort zone.
Ask questions and learn; be a student of your mentee.
Remember that decision-making is always complex, influenced by my variables we don’t often see or understand.
Communicating across racial and class boundaries is a skill that is acquired with practice and time.
Enjoy the journey of learning about your mentee, the process toward cultural competence.