The mission of the NDCPD Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee (CDAC) is to build diverse relationships, strengthen community connections, and inform professionals in order to improve service delivery to citizens with disabilities and their families.




  • Equality and Inclusion for All
  • Valuing Diversity and Change
  • Reaching out with respect, integrity, and unconditional positive regard
  • Promoting self-management of prejudice
  • Creating Learning Opportunities





  • Self-relection and self-awareness lead to understanding cultural diversity
  • Understanding you leads to understanding the person next to you
  • Cultural competence is an ongoing process of knowledge building, discovery and clarity.





  1. Participation in disability etiquette refresher training
  2. Cultural trainings and presentations.
  3. Education regarding awareness of stereotypes, stigmas, and -sims related to various cultures.
  4. Participation in CDAC's activities, trainings, and provide constructive feedback / suggestions
  5. Center engagement with diverse university and community groups
  6. Awareness of how to manage prejudices in order to provide excellent services
  7. Infuse cultural components into all grant applications and the Center's current grant projects.




NDCPD Cultural Competence Advisory Committee 2019

Sylvia Houle

Sylvia is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of

Chippewa. Sylvia has a certification in Community and Social

Services from the College of the Redwoods located in Eureka, CA

and is in the process of obtaining a college degree in psychology

and art. Amongst her many interests is art and helping others

become more confident in letting their own creativity out. One of

her talents is drawing portraits using soft pastels. As a GenerationArt/Red Wind Wellness team member, Sylvia handles various administrative tasks while maintaining relationships with our ever expanding community.





Book #1: Wednesday, November 1st at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room – the book will be The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride


Book #2:  Wednesday, December 13th at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room – the book will be The Monsters’ Rhapsody: Disability, Culture & Identity by Ann Nagill


Book #3: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.


Book #4: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be Death of Innocence by Mamie Till-Mobley.


Book #5: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover.


Book #6: Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadman.


Book #7: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 12:00pm in the Nelson Room - the book will be Falling Leaves: A Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, by Adeline Yen Mah.


Remember, you will have 6 weeks in which to read your book.  If you start the book and don’t finish it, still try to make the meeting!










January 2016 - NDCPD Cultural Competence

Committee presentation Mexican Culture;

Speakers - Elisa Rodriguez and Marina Carillo








April 2016 - NDCPD Cultural Competence

Committee presentation on Japanese Culture








Fitness for Everyone - Part of the Creating

Inclusive Recreational and Fitness Facilities in ND

project. (more info... pdf)








Resources for Cultural and Linguistic Competence (pdf - 105kb)






Cultural Competence video links (pdf - 63kb)






Anti-Defamation League Calendar of Observances 2016

(pdf - 516kb)

NDCPD Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee