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RSL, Utah Royals, Real Monarchs Collaborate To Educate Students On ‘Cultural Competence’

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Players from Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC and Real Monarchs SLC have announced their support for the Cultural Competency Support Program with the Salt Lake City School District. On Thursday, the RSL Foundation will match the first $5,000 donated to the program.

The initiative will broaden teachers, administrators and school resource officers to best provide cultural competence for students around the state of Utah.

“This effort strives to ensure that the rich diversity that students bring to school is welcomed, honored, and respected with a commitment to creating opportunities for all students to access meaningful educational services.”

“What’s important to us as a foundation is that this is a teaching opportunity for our students, staff and administrators to learn from one another and be supportive of one another.  It’s important that we all work together to mindful and respectful of each other’s unique backgrounds,” said James Yapias, Director of the Salt Lake Education Foundation.

“We can all work together in support of our students. We value every student who walks through our doors.  We have such a diverse population and all our teachers and administrators go through the training and it helps create an inclusive environment for children to learn,” Yapias added.

The Salt Lake City School District consists of 27 elementary schools, five middles schools, five high schools and three charter schools.  Of the 23,410 students in the district, over 50 different languages are spoken and considered their native language.

With that abundance of diversity, education programs that are inclusive are crucial.  The Cultural Competency Support Program ensures that each of those students has access to the same educational resources to thrive in school.

Donate by clicking the link and selecting the Cultural Competency Support Program:

Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.