Cultural Humility


Berardo, K. & Deardorff, D (Eds.) (2012). Building Cultural Competence: Innovative Activities and Models. 
This book provides a framework and an innovative collection of ready-to-use tools and activities to help build cultural competence.

Online poverty simulation game developed by Urban Ministries Durham (but not specific to Durham).

Thiagarajan, S. & Thiagarajan,R. (2006). Barnga: A Simulation Game on Cultural Clashes. Boston: Intercultural Press.


Burleson, K. (2015). A Guidebook for the Development of Cultural Mindedness
This guidebook offers an accessible orientation for intercultural service that blends sociocultural psychology with evidence-based practices of service-learning.

Lasker, J.  (2016). Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Press.

McIntosh, P. (1988). White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack. Independent School, 49(2), 31-35.
Essay with checklist uncovering the hidden social, economic, and legal benefits that accompany “whiteness”.

Miner, H. (1956). Body Ritual Among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist.
Classic anthropology article looking at American behavior from an outsider’s perspective.

Tharoor, S. (2012). The Five-Dollar Smile. The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories
A fictional story told from the point of view of a child who is “adopted” by a donor to an international charity.

Wells. S. (2013). Rethinking Service. The Cresset, 76(4), 6-14.
Former Dean of Duke Chapel, Wells presents a theological foundation for service, distinguishing between
being “with” and being “for”, and doing “with” and doing “for”.

Theoretical Framework

Fantini, A & Tirmizi, A. (2006). Exploring Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Components, Development, Assessment. World Learning Publications.
A concise summary of the Intercultural Competence (ICC) framework.

Hartman, E.; Morris Paris, C. and Blache-Coehn, B. (2014).  Fair Trade Learning: Ethical standards for community-engaged international volunteer tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 14 (1-2), 108-116.
An approach to international “voluntourism” that emphasizes reciprocity. The framework is promoted by Global Service Learning ( and is also used by some universities (eg U. of Kentucky).

Adichie, C.N. (2009). “The Danger of a Single Story.” [TED Talk]

SAIH Norway “Let’s Save Africa! Gone wrong” (2013). [YouTube]
Part of a series satirizing shallow approaches to charity work in African countries.