Cultural Competency

 We are pleased to offer Cultural Competency Training
for your company, business, organization or group.
In today’s ever changing world, it is essential that we continue to learn about ourselves and others.
Gay Central Valley’s Cultural Competency Training Sessions offer educational opportunities in a group setting to do just that.
Our programs can be given to a group as small as 10 or as large as 50.
Just let us know how we can help.

What is Cultural Competency Training (CCT)? 
  • Cultural Competency Training (sometimes called Diversity Training) is a workshop designed to increase an audience’s ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. In this case, the LGBT+ culture. Cultural competence comprises four components:
    • awareness of one’s own cultural worldview, 
    • attitude towards cultural differences,
    • knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and
    • cross-cultural skills.
  • Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.
Why do we need CCT? 
  • Training on harassment and discrimination prevention is critical to set clear rules and to establish important legal protections. But to remain competitive in today’s diverse and global workplace, organizations must also focus on their culture and the ability of employees to effectively collaborate.
  • In a diverse workplace, equipping employees to deal with issues with effective training allows them to navigate the complexities of the modern workplace
Who benefits from CCT?
  • Everyone!
What is involved with a CCT session offered by Gay Central Valley?
  • Our programs can be given to a group as small as 10 or as large as 50. Just let us know how we can help.
  • Sessions are offered à la carte or combined to fit your needs.
  • Programs are offered on a sliding scale. We will work with your organization to find both the right fit and the right suggested donation to fit your needs.
  • All programs come with a resource binder full of helpful articles and informational brochures.
  • All programs provide “goodie” bags for each attendee which includes a rainbow bracelet, GCV brochure, information on other local organizations, and a “What Can I Do to Support the LGBT Community” reminder card.
  • We are open to your needs. If you do not see the perfect program listed below, please contact Kaylia Metcalfe ( and she will work with you to create the right program for your business or group.
Current Catalogue of CCT options
Panel Discussion        
  • A panel discussion is a casual setting primarily used for general information and life experience sharing. Our panels typically consist of a representative of the primary letters in the LGBT acronym (a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender member of our community), who give a brief introduction on either the chosen topic or their coming out story. The floor is then opened up to the audience who are invited to ask questions of specific members or of the group at large.
  • Panel discussions can last from an hour to two hours in length and can feature as few or as many of the different facets of the LGBT+ community as desired.
  • Themes can be as simple as “Life as an LGBT+ individual” or as specific as “Gender stratification in the youth culture.” We will do our best to work with you to find the right theme for your group and to provide the perfect panelists.
LGBT History
  • This program has a more educational bent to it and focuses on important (but often overlooked) historical figures who were part of the LGBT community.
  • We also offer a timeline summary of LGBT rights which focuses on the United States and the journey of the LGBT movement over the past hundred years.
  • If desired, our staff can offer a more in-depth look at one influential figure such as Harvey Milk as a lead in to Harvey Milk day etc.
  • Sessions can last as little as forty-five minutes or as long as an hour and work well when paired with a panel discussion.
Day in the Life
  • This program can be a stand alone or a mix of the above options and will educate the audience on what it is like to be a LGBT+ person in today’s culture. With video, role playing, and word games, the session typically lasts from forty-five minutes to an hour and a half.
  • We strongly recommend a panel discussion to follow the Day In The Life program to round out the experience.

Please contact us at: if you would like more information or to schedule a session.