Cultural Considerations: Culturally and Linguistically Competent Presentations

  • Think about how culture relates to your presentation subject.
  • Know the background of your audience: What is their preferred language (consider both spoken and signed)? At what literacy level do they best communicate?
  • If you use case studies, scenarios and vignettes, provide examples that reflect diverse cultural perspectives.
  • When giving examples of your work, consider including examples from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • When possible and appropriate, include examples from urban, suburban, and rural frontier populations, as well as examples from U.S. territories and tribal communities.
  • Make sure that statistics, demographic data or trends presented include information about racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse groups when appropriate.
  • To the extent possible include images, graphics and visual aids that both incorporate people with disabilities and display reflection of culturally and ethnically diverse groups and the communities in which they live.
  • Indicate whether the resources highlighted in your presentation are available in different languages.

For more information on person first language, consider the following resources: