The Office of the County Executive, as a policy representative of the Board of Supervisors, recognizes that an important driver of the condition of disparate representation of children of color within children’s services in the County is poverty and the resultant lack of opportunity that occurs within the social milieu of Santa Clara County. We also recognize that the disparity affects a large number of Latino Children, and a statistically high percentage of African American children.
The solution to this problem is beyond the efforts of any one or two County departments. A centrally led, cross departmental effort are required to ensure any hope of success. We also recognize that the communities of color are not homogeneous and many potential disparate groups within the community may respond more effectively to alternative approaches.
The Office of Cultural Competency (OCC) was created in response to these needs, and will be responsible for county wide implementation of policies and programs that address racial and ethnic disparity that currently exists within County services. The OCC works with County agencies and departments to create, enhance, and consolidate cultural and linguistic competency planning and strategies into a centrally led strategic plan. These mandates will assure that County services are culturally pertinent, linguistically accessible, and assure issues of equity are dealt with in a manner that adheres to programmatic requirements and addresses equity as a critical priority countywide.
The Office will work to eliminate disparity not only as it relates directly to client populations, but also disparity within both internal and external service providers. The Director of the Office of Cultural Competency will work closely with the County Executive, the Board of Supervisors, and appropriate community members in this effort.
To promote a community where cultural understanding and equality are shared values.
To use innovative and local practices through cultural and linguistic expertise to build partnerships with all communities in Santa Clara County to improve the quality of life for all of our residents.
- Serves as a bridge between County and community to ensure community driven priorities and input are heard and is present in policy-making
- Lead the Intercultural Competency Advisory Council to discuss and formulate recommendations for programmatic changes or development of alternative approaches that positively impact disparate groups within the County
- Forge collaborations and partnerships between government, non-profit communities, communities of faith, and the private sector