- Copies of the diagram, p. 12 in the Trainer’s Resource Materials, for each participant
- Ask participants to take a minute to read about which aspects of culture are “surface culture” and the unspoken and unconscious rules that are “deep culture.”
- After a few minutes, ask participants if they have any questions. Once questions are addressed click to the next slide.
- Culture is embedded into who people are and how they interact with others.
- An iceberg is a good visual model of culture because there are aspects of that culture that you see (point to the portion of the diagram above the water) and aspects of that culture that you cannot see (point to the portion of the diagram below the surface of the water).
- The aspects of the culture you cannot see is what affects how we view and conduct ourselves, communicate with others, and understand their communication with us.
- In the MEP, we deal with a culturally diverse group of people that includes our families and youth, growers, community agency representatives, and district personnel. Successfully dealing with this wide range of personalities and cultures is essential for the success of the program.