Most people in this country adamantly reject any form of racism, sexism, prejudice and discrimination. However, research shows us that the same people unknowingly reveal recurring patterns of subconscious bias in their thoughts, feelings and actions. This bias is more commonly known as implicit bias. According to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.
During this interactive session, participants will examine implicit biases and understand how they manifest in practices, policies and procedures. They will also learn strategies to minimize and reduce the effects of biases.
By attending this session, attendees will leave with a knowledge of…
- What implicit bias is
- The neuroscience behind implicit bias
- How implicit bias manifest in society, classrooms and school communities
- How to reduce the effects of implicit biases
Presenter: Paul Forbes