Despite our best intentions, even the most pure-of-heart can make snap judgements that stereotype, generalize, and otherwise diminish the full humanity of another person. While conscious bias can be easy to identify, unconscious (aka implicit) bias is trickier to spot in ourselves and others; and that’s the thing, we all have biases. Unconscious biases are particularly important to work on because they can cause unintended harm to others. In this training, participants will learn to identify conscious and unconscious biases in self and others, learn skills for interrogating and combating bias, and non-violent communication skills to support healthy dialogue around this touchy topic. This workshop investigates internal, unconscious favoritism and limiting beliefs through games, dialogue, and individual written exploration. Participants will explore blind spots where our biases lie and learn best practices for combating them. The goals of this workshop are to augment awareness, increase personal responsiveness, and explore best models for sustainable, responsive, culture-setting.
"We must become aware of the blind spots in our personal awareness in order to promote equity and do less unintentional harm."
Acquire deeper understanding of the root causes of implicit bias and their origins.
Learn how to identify implicit bias in inter-personal and institutional settings.
Begin the process of self-identifying internal, unconscious biases.
Learn best practices for nurturing responsive, relevant, and sustaining cultures.
Practice learned tools for intervening and culture-setting when biases emerge, inter-personally.
"The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice."