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Why Race Matters #3: The Science of Stereotyping and Bias: Challenges and Opportunities for Organizational Diversity
May 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Dr. Keith Maddox and Dr. Sam Sommers
Date: May 3, 2021, 2-4pm
This interactive presentation will explore the psychology underlying racial (and other forms of) bias, discuss the challenges bias presents for leveraging the benefits of organizational diversity, and consider strategies to mitigate its impact.
While the modern era is one in which most professionals believe themselves to be fair-minded individuals— perhaps even genuinely prioritizing equity—social categories including age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation continue to have profound effects on how we see and interact with the world around us in the boardroom, the classroom, the courtroom; in all phases of daily life. What research tells us is that while individual forms of contemporary bias are sometimes unconscious, this doesn’t make its implications for organizational climate or the individuals within that environment any less real. The science also demonstrates that we are not hopelessly at the mercy of the power of stereotyping and bias.
We will identify the circumstances under which bias is most likely to emerge and evaluate potential strategies for trying to curtail its impact. A scientifically-informed approach to bias can bring our thoughts, feelings, actions and policies in line with our personal and organizational goals for equity.
CLEs: 2 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)