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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology 5:2 (2019), pp. 169–181.

doi: 10.1037/stl0000144


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Cultural humility is an important component of psychotherapy and training in applied psychology in recent years (Davis et al., 2018). To date, cultural humility has not been applied to education in psychology. Guided by broad multicultural, multicultural orientation, and cultural humility literature, we provide support and recommendations for developing and utilizing cultural humility in psychology education. Specifically, we provide the following recommendations for facilitation of cultural humility by educators and researchers in psychology: (a) participating in self-reflection and evaluation of personal power, privilege, and marginalization; (b) engagement in lifelong cultural learning; (c) allowing students to determine which identities are salient; (d) cultivating a classroom in which cultural humility can occur and encouraging a developmental approach to understanding culture; (e) developing assignments and course content in the interest of fostering cultural humility among students; (f) providing mentorship that honors students’ cultural identities; and (g) demonstrating awareness of limitations of traditional research methods.