The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is offering a “Working with Total Diversity” training program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16th, at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Persons interested in taking the free class may register by calling (310) 394-3773 Monday through Friday during business hours or at www.redcrossofsanta

Participants are required to be on time for the 8 a.m. class start. There will be a lunch break and class will continue until about 4:30 p.m.

Training is open to anyone age 18 or older. Class size is limited to 50 persons. Participants already volunteering with the American Red Cross will receive course credit for the session.

The skills-based training program provides the tools needed to be effective in working with and serving diverse communities.

Among the objectives of the course is to learn how to approach situations with a learner mindset and how to differentiate facts from opinions.

Class participants will learn how to control responses in “cultural collisions,” how to master culturally sensitive communications and apply the skills they’ve learned to enter and service diverse communities with greater ease.

The instructor of the class is Haqiqah Abdul-Rahim. She is a Central Coast Red Cross volunteer and instructor and one of the few Red Cross instructors who has longtime experience teaching ethnic understanding and cultural diversity, says a Red Cross source.

The class is a prerequisite for all Santa Monica Red Cross volunteers who want to work in disaster services locally and elsewhere and is also open to the general public.