Welcome to the Coalition for Cultural Competency

The Coalition for Cultural Competency is housed in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology (ESCP) within the College of Education at the University of Missouri (MU). The Coalition was established in 1998 as a part of the Department’s focus on diversity, where faculty and students could develop unique and innovative multicultural programs. The activities in the Coalition have furthered our Department’s commitment to being a nationally recognized leader in diversity. Specifically, ESCP is rated among the top psychology departments in the nation and in 2000 was recognized the program’s excellence in providing multicultural training and research by honoring it with the Suinn Minority Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association. In 2011, the Coalition for Cultural Competency was recognized for its efforts to prevent prejudice and increase multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills at MU and throughout the community. The Coalition won the Columbia Values Diversity Award.

Vision Statement: To be a world-class institute, internationally renowned for transforming and developing competence in present and future leaders and professionals as well as their learning and working environments.

Mission Statement: To increase multicultural and cross-cultural competence at the organizational and individual levels in order to navigate a more inclusive and global community.

CCC Coordinator Coordinator: Online Courses Graduate Assistant
Sonia Dhaliwal ed Lisa Flores1
Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal Dr. Lisa Flores Xinling Liu



International Education

The University of Missouri–Columbia (MU) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have collaborative dual degree program and coordinated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program (CDP or 3+2 program) in counseling and educational psychology. Our Dual Degree Program and 3+2 Program are the first of their kind to promote international collaborations in psychological research and practice. We also have the Bidirectional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program (BCCIP) trip to Taiwan with the purposes of: (a) promoting cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills by providing a short but intense experience living and studying in another culture; (b) promoting personal and professional cross-cultural relationships among students and faculty; and (c)establishing a long-term professional collaboration between the University of Missouri (MU) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).We also offer course Expanding Cross-Cultural Competence, a seminar course designed to introduce and prepare a group of graduate students and faculty who participate in the BCCIP.


We believe it is our ethical obligation to train future professionals to serve an increasingly diverse population. Therefore, a primary training goal of the Coalition (CCC) is to prepare graduate students to be the next generation of multiculturally competent psychologists, educators, and professionals in their respective fields.

To increase students’ understanding about the relationships between culture and psychology, promote the development of skills to apply the knowledge about the impact of culture on psychology to themselves and helping others, and continuous reflection and documentation on their multi-dimensional cross-cultural experiences, we offer a Cross-Cultural Psychology course.

Experiencing Diversity in the United States is a course offered through the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology to undergraduate students in any discipline interested in learning about multicultural issues with an emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities

To increase the multicultural competencies of our staff members, we offer a Practicum in Multicultural Counseling Interventions, offer a wide array of graduate assistantships, and provide leadership opportunities such as the Multicultural Teaching Scholars Program which has been offered in the past.

The CCC also encourages students to develop and teach multicultural courses as cultural seminars in which they are passionate about. Some courses that have been developed and offered in the past include (1) Native American Cultural Seminar, (2) Arab Culture and Counseling, (3) LGBT identities, (4) Latina/nos in therapy will be offered in Fall 2012.

Summer Internship Program (SIP) is an 8-week program designed to provide advanced doctoral students the opportunity to work as full time counselors in a Taiwanese university counseling center. The students are engaged in a wide array of professional activities (e.g., individual and group counseling, supervision, program development and implementation).

We also had offered Multicultural Teaching Scholars Program in the past. The Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri (MU) invites applications to the Multicultural Teaching Scholars (MTS) program for the Summer. This program is offered through the MU graduate school.

Multicultural Certification/Multicultural Psychology Minor

The CCC has been instrumental in the development of a Graduate Minor in Multicultural Psychology and Education as well as the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education.


The Coalition organizes and promotes outreach activities to interface with the Columbia community. Among the most successful events of the Coalition has been the Helen A. Neville Multicultural Lecture Series named in recognition of the many and varied outstanding multicultural contributions to the Coalition, MU, and Columbia community. The invited speaker is a nationally recognized multicultural expert who not only provides a multicultural lecture for the Columbia public schools, MU, and Columbia community, but also interacts with MU students, faculty, and administrators in a wide range of professional and social contexts.

The Coalition provides and works in collaboration with other university programs to provide services to students, faculty, and administrators in the MU campus and the Columbia community. CCC provide supervision and assistantship to International Students’ Career Services. ISCS is an example of innovative programming that addresses culturally-specific needs of underserved populations on college campus.

The primary outreach goal is to provide consultation services, which focus on multicultural concerns and issues, to the MU campus, the Columbia community and public schools, as well as across the U.S. and beyond. We have established liaison relationships with : (1) Columbia Public Schools’ teachers and administrators, (2) MU’s Teacher Development Program (TDP) which trains pre-service educators, (3) MU Multicultural Affair Office, (4) Vice Provost for Minority Affairs, (5) MU’s Assessment and Consultation Clinic, (6) MU’s Asian Affairs Center, (7) building relationships with the student organizations and local churches and community organizations (e.g., PRISM) in an effort to extend diversity services through other groups, (8) other universities in the U.S., and (9) corporations in other countries.The Coalition has also been involved in the following projects in the past: Mattie Rhodes Center Program Evaluation, Study Abroad Program Development, outreach presentations to Chance Elementary in Centralia, Black Business Student Association at MU.


The Coalition promotes cutting-edge applied programmatic research related to the cultural competency of those who work with issues regarding mental/behavioral health of diverse populations. The Coalition espouses research as an integral part of developing, enhancing, and evaluating quality and the impact of our services to the community. Hence, there are two main research goals: (a) to evaluate the effectiveness of multicultural competence across professions and (b) to promote quality multicultural research and productivity at the MU.

To promote research development, the Coalition provides travel awards for students to attend the Winter Roundtable Cross-Cultural Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, and offers Multicultural Thesis and Dissertation Awards for MU students. The Coalition is currently involved in the construction and evaluation of the Missouri Multicultural Teaching Competency Scale, and another study of the effectiveness of the Theater of the Oppressed techniques with educators in higher education.The Coalition also collaborates with the Cambio Center at MU to generate knowledge that can have practical applications for teacher training and school administration in working with Latino students in Missouri.

CCC Assistant Coordinators

2000–2001 Tran Doan

2001–2002 Traice Webb

2002–2003 Yu-Wei Wang

2003–2004 Rachel Navarro

2005–2006 Charlotte McCloskey & Pius Nyutu

2006–2007 Charlotte McCloskey & Yi-Jiun Lin

2007–2008 Gerald Kawika Allen & Yuhong He

2008–2009 Yuhong He & Patton Garriott

2009–2010 Patton Garriott & Marlen Kanagui

2010–2011 Marlen Kanagui & Ran Zhao

2011–2012 Ran Zhao & Jasmine Tilghman