What We Do / Overview

Members of the NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (The Network) seek to grow and share in the knowledge and skills necessary to serve people from diverse populations and communities. We achieve this goal by bringing together subject matter experts to discuss best practices, and by providing educational and informational sessions for all stakeholders, including government, public, private, not-for-profit, community-based audiences, families and people with lived experiences. We strive to create an environment of mutual respect, caring, inclusiveness and belonging.


We provide opportunities for people to meet and interact with one another through our quarterly meetings, where we learn about promising practices in cultural and linguistic competency and have roundtable discussions of the latest developments in specific fields; through our webinars, where experts in the field share their experience and insights; and through out annual conference, which brings together people interested in examining timely and cutting edge topics in greater depth.


We encourage groups to register for our New Jersey Directory. The Directory enables agencies and organizations to showcase the progress they have made in achieving greater cultural and linguistic competency. Through the Directory, you can advertise your capacity to serve diverse communities, connect with groups that are working with specific populations in your area of interest, and find training resources.


On our website, we have tried to assemble a collection of resources and links that may prove useful to you in your quest to achieve greater cultural and linguistic competency.  We also facilitate regular communication on diversity-related topics through our Facebook and Linkedin pages.  As these are open groups, you are more than more than welcome to participate, even if you are not a member of the Network.  We also publish an online newsletter, which will keep you informed about some of our major activities.


The Network strives to help you make the connections you need to work more effectively in our diverse society. If you are searching for an agency that has expertise in a particular area, you can search our Resource Directory. If you have a special request, you can use our contact us page to access our listserv. If you want to receive our online newsletter, you can sign up here. If you want to participate in any of meetings and activities, you are more than welcome to join us. If you want to be a member, you must participate in at least two activities per year and complete an application form.