Cultural Humility

The approach of cultural humility encourages us to identify and acknowledge our biases (1). Cultural humility calls for self-reflection, curiosity, and creating opportunities for people to be heard (2): 

  • An ongoing process and commitment to self-reflection and a self-critique at the individual and institutional level.
  • Desire and curiosity to explore one’s own culture, assumptions, similarities, and differences with individuals and families with whom we work.
  • Obligation to set our power and authority aside to create authentic opportunities for individuals and families to be valued and heard.


  1. Levi, Amy. “The Ethics of Nursing Student International Clinical Experiences” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 94-99 (2009). Accessed 10/22/12. 
  2. Browning, David. “Visiting a Foreign Land: Cultivating Cultural Humility in Pediatric Palliative Care. Accessed 3/25/12.,0,2913672.story