Challenging Implicit Bias - Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 25 | 7:00 p.m.
As troubling as it is to admit, the way we perceive people and treat them is significantly correlated with the stereotypes we hold to be true, even in spite of our best intentions. We may consider ourselves to already be inclusive of others. Unfortunately, we may not be aware that some of the stereotypes we have learned have in fact sunk in, whether we wanted them to, or not. The good news is that it is possible to challenge those automatic, unconscious, reductive stereotypes so we can begin to treat people as the complex individuals that they are.
Three ways to challenge our own bias:
1. We must be willing to accept that we do, in fact, have biases, and to make ourselves aware of them.
2. We must be determined not only to unearth our own stereotypes but also to challenge them.
3. We need to learn how to exchange those automatic biases for different, more inclusive, notions.
Learn with other Isaians how to challenge those prejudices before we act on them.
Rabbi Dara Frimmer
Collette Bowers Zinn, J.D., M.Ed: Founder and CEO of Zinn Education Management, Zinn is a fourth-generation educator with fifteen years of school administrative experience. She has also trained as a litigator who ultimately chose to take the talents she developed in the courtroom into the education system, hoping to make a difference.
Shelly Tochluk: Author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It, a comprehensive introduction to issues of race, white skin privilege, and white racial identity, and "But I Just Don't See It!": Making White Superiority Visible, a tool for school administrators, faculty, and staff use to raise awareness about how racial privilege manifests on school campuses without conscious awareness. Tochluk is a faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s.
Steven Cleveland (Professor): Steven A. Cleveland is a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department of California State University – East Bay, committed to helping young people share their worldview through film.