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Cultural Competence

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Certificate of completion iconThis is a required course in the Rutgers Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Certificate Program.

Course Dates: December 9 & 15, 2021

Course Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Course Format: Hybrid online, mix of asynchronous and live instruction

Registration Fee: $295.00 per person

Course Code: YD0806WA22

This 6-hour online course will introduce concepts in implicit bias and cultural competence, including organizational structures and communications strategies that are culturally responsive and that support effectiveness in diverse communities. Participants will gain increased self-awareness about our own biases as they relate to youth, families, and colleagues. Live virtual sessions and self-paced components will support participants to focus on being self-reflective about their assumptions, beliefs, and experiences that can support or challenge efforts in youth and family engagement.

Registration will close on December 8, 2021.

Meet Your Instructor

Marta Esquilin

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Marta Elena Esquilin is the Associate Dean of the Honors Living Learning Community at Rutgers Newark, an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the American Studies Program within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. She received her Master's Degree in 2003 from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher Education Administration, and in 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Derald Wing Sue, she was a co-author of the seminal article, "Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Implications for clinical practice". American Psychologist, 62(4), 271-286. Prior to her role at Rutgers University-Newark, Marta served as the Director for Social Justice and Intercultural Programs within the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University, trainer/consultant for the Posse Foundation, and held various positions at non-profit organizations focused on youth development, access and equity in higher education, and community building.

Read More About Marta Esquilin

She works as a diversity expert and consultant within organizational and educational environments including secondary schools, non-profit organizations, social service agencies, corporate settings, and higher education institutions around the United States. Marta's passion and current work focuses on creating environments that encourage the positive development and success of all people, and helping organizations and institutions to achieve their equity goals. She is particularly interested in raising awareness about how microaggressions operate to create hostile environments for people with marginalized social identities within work and school settings. To this end, she has developed training and assessment tools aimed at increasing cultural competence, addressing the impacts of microaggressions, and creating sustainable infrastructures to support student and employee success within various settings. Her work aims to equip leaders and educators with the tools and skills necessary to operationalize equity frameworks, and create environments that are affirming to all identities and experiences. She is deeply committed to raising awareness about issues impacting LGBTQ communities of color and served as the first Latina Board Chair of CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies), the oldest LGBTQ research center in the country. She currently serves on the board of the Newark LGBTQ Center.

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Continuing Education Credits

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7 CLEs

NJ Social Work CE Credits: 6 CEs

Course Access and Policies

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered synchronously via Zoom and asynchronously via the Canvas Learning Management System.

You will need a computer, microphone, and webcam to participate in the course.

Email Address Requirement


Cancellation and Substitution Policy

You may withdraw from this course in writing (via email to up to three (3) full business days before the class begins and receive a full refund, less a $50.00 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you can also request a credit towards a future course. If the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) is not notified in writing at least three (3) business days prior to the start of class, you may be responsible for the full fee.

Substitutions are permitted.



In the event that we cancel a course, we will try to reschedule and automatically place registered students in the new offering (registrants will be notified of the new date). If a student is unable to attend on the new date, a refund will be issued if we are notified in writing at least three full business days prior to the rescheduled class. If we are unable to reschedule, a refund will be issued or a credit towards a future course will be offered.

Learn More

If you have questions about this course, please don't hesitate to contact us!

For registration assistance, please call 848-932-9271, option 2 or email

For all other inquiries, please contact Sabrina Perez.

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Sabrina Perez

Sabrina Perez, Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Juvenile Justice and Youth Development

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