Cultural Differences as a Mirror of Our Similarities

Jan Carter-Black, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This interactive presentation explores the way the many needs we commonly share with people the world over are frequently overlooked simply because of the way in which various communities of people go about fulfilling these needs. As participants discuss important and often time beloved traditions passed down from one generation to the next that reflect their race, ethnicity, gender, geography and more, they’ll find they have discovered culture. This kind of knowledge, awareness and understanding creates a willingness to embrace and the ability to promote inclusiveness, which is critically important for effective leadership in our expanding global community.

About the Presenter . . . .

Dr. Jan Carter-Black is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter-Black spent 21 years working with children and in administration at Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Illinois prior to the start of her 2nd career, in academia. Dr. Carter-Black’s research includes parenting strategies of African American families that promote healthy development and socialization (including racial identity development and socialization), and foster success in their children and youth. Dr. Carter-Black is currently working with women who are at-risk for methamphetamine use in Vermilion County. The project will provide information about the negative effects of methamphetamine use on the mental and physical health of the user as well as her children and other family members. Jan earned her B.A., M.S.W., and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois.


Laboratory for Community and Economic Development | College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign