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Implicit Bias Advanced Workshop

Overcoming Bias: Individual & Institutional Reforms


This session homes in on concrete strategies that individuals and institutions of higher learning can employ to combat prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. We will explore the ways in which individuals can change and control their biases, including concrete plans for how to act in unbiased ways and simple rules of thumb for “debiasing” in daily life. We will discuss strategies for responding to discriminatory acts and for fostering dialogue across social and political divides, with an emphasis on the importance of leadership, structures of accountability, and evidence-based analyses of anti-discrimination initiatives. 

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Lawlor Events Center, Silver and Blue Room

Event Type

Training and Workshops


College of Liberal Arts, Provost Office


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Alison R Moore

Alison R Moore left a positive review 2/16/2017

One of the best and most generative workshop I've attended recently. Alex was great!

Alexis N Erwin

Alexis N Erwin left a positive review 2/16/2017

I appreciated the myriad examples shared, and the research. It was also nice to have a candid speaker who recognizes the problems faced by our society.

Karl H Fendelander

Karl H Fendelander left a positive review 2/16/2017

Great info, well presented.

Elizabeth Loureiro

Elizabeth Loureiro left a positive review 2/16/2017

Great workshop! Very informative and easy to follow :)

Janet Sanderson

Janet Sanderson left a positive review 2/16/2017

It was very informative and eye opening-

William J Macauley Jr

William J Macauley Jr left a review 2/16/2017

There is no doubt that the information was top notch and that the presenter was very knowledgeable about the research he has done and on which he reported. I would share three further observations, though, pertaining to how he worked with his audience. One observation is that the title "workshop" suggests something less unilateral, something that includes participants 'working' on something as part of the experience. This was more of a lecture than a workshop, so I would suggest either relabeling or restructuring. Second, the subject matter is very difficult to discuss because there is such opportunity to 'get it wrong.' The presenter only really asked two overt questions about our experiences with these issues, and it was obvious that the audience felt pretty unprepared to contribute when they really hadn't been asked to do so up to that point, at least not much. We were invited to interrupt and ask questions as we went along, but that is dramatically different from building a workshop that requires interaction and dialogue--the agenda seemed to not be the latter. Thus, I would recommend a more dialogic approach with multiple, deliberate opportunities for participants to write or talk about what they were bringing to the table. Finally, it was clear that there was more material planned than was covered, as indicated by the speedy flipping through slides at the end of the session and then talking quickly afterward about the last couple of ideas in those slides, which tended to reinforce that the plan was not really an interactive experience. I think this is a real problem when getting people to feel comfortable with discussing these topics is such a challenge to begin with. All in all, I felt like I learned a lot about the research and scholarship on bias, but I found the experience disappointing in terms of interaction with the subject matter and finding ways to act on what was learned.

Debra A Moddelmog

Debra A Moddelmog left a positive review 2/16/2017

Great material, clearly presented, interesting ideas.

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