James F. Bonilla, associate professor of conflict studies in the School of Business, and Naomi R. Taylor, lecturer in the School of Education, co-presented at the 2012 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) on May 29, 2012. Bonilla and Taylor presented an all day pre-institute conference titled: "Five Lenses for Educating for and Assessing Cultural Competence." The institute engaged participants in exploring two questions, "Is there one best approach to educating for cultural competence? and "Is cultural competence measurable?"
Goals for the institute included the following: 1) to introduce five distinct approaches to educating for cultural competency along with a sampling of corresponding assessment instruments; 2) to provide participants an opportunity to identify their own preferred "lens(es)" on cultural competence; 3) to give participants hands-on practice applying the five lenses using a case study; & 4) to explore some of the comparative strengths and limitations of each lens and discuss the implications of the institute to participants' own work back at home.