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About the Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services


For information and resources to aide families during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the resource page located here.


Update Regarding County Services During Coronavirus​​​

Amid ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Division of Equity & Social Justice (DESJ) is following the directives received from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Based on those directives and guidelines, DESJ has taken number of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents.  Such measures include placing on hold any activities, including meetings, workshops, or other face-to-face gatherings, and, to the extent possible, providing services remotely. 

Please refer to the following Division of Equity and Social Justice contact list for any further information:

Division of Equity & Social Justice: Mike Gonzalez or 

Office of Cultural Competency: Arcel Blume - 

Office of Census 2020: Nick Kuwada - 

Office of Gender Based Violence Prevention: Carla Collins - 

Office of LGBTQ Affairs: Maribel Martinez -​ 

Office of Immigrant Relations: Mike Gonzalez – 

Office of Labor Standard Enforcement: Betty Duong - 

Office of Women Policy: Protima Pandey -​





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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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Strategies

  • 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

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