Challenging Unconscious Bias
Aug 23, 2022 - 12:00 PM (ET) - Virtual
Hosted by CFMA
About this Event
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET): 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (PT)
Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t make assumptions about anyone?” Have you said it yourself? Unfortunately, research shows that the statement is nearly impossible to put into practice. At any given moment, we are exposed to millions of pieces of information, and neurons in our brain send signals at speeds over 100 mph. The very brain functions that help us navigate a complicated world can also lead us to follow unrecognized snap judgments and make decisions that recirculate patterns we may not even realize we’ve absorbed.
This dynamic webinar will explore what unconscious bias really is, why it exists, and what we can do about it. Attendees will be invited to participate in exercises that examine our socialization and offer evidence-based strategies for mitigating bias in our personal and professional lives.
After completing this session, attendees will be able to:
- Gain a broad-level understanding of unconscious bias, including its evolutionary purpose and the interpersonal problems it can cause
- Distinguish between system one processing (fast brain) and system two (slow brain processing) and identify their appropriate uses.
- Define metacognition and describe its role in mitigating unconscious bias.
- Describe how one's context and socialization play a role in reinforcing or challenging bias.
- Understand their responsibility to create a personal action plan to implement into learning and challenge their own unconscious bias.
Level & Prerequisites
This is a group-live program at the Basic Level. No prerequisites or advanced preparation required.
Earn 1.0 CPE credit in the field of Personal Development by attending the live session; CPE credit is not provided by watching the recording.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested in learning more about unconscious bias.
Avi Edelman, Associate Director Multicultural Affairs and Manager of Diversity Education, Columbia University
Avi Edelman (he/him/his) creates environments of warmth and empathy for transformational dialogue about the forces that shape how we see the world and how the world sees us. He has over a decade of experience as an experiential educator, dialogue facilitator, and diversity and inclusion trainer. He currently serves as Columbia University’s Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Manager of Diversity Education, where he leads intercultural dialogue programs for students and develops and implements trainings for thousands of students, staff, and faculty. His areas of expertise include unconscious bias, privilege and oppression, LGBTQ solidarity, anti-racism, disability justice, and more. For nine years, he has led an annual civil rights pilgrimage for teens through the U.S. South to explore the history of social justice in Black and Jewish communities. As an independent trainer, he has worked with individuals and organizations across the country to develop inclusive practices, build spaces of trust and understanding, and foster a culture of dialogue. He was featured in National Geographic's documentary series America Inside Out, leading a workshop convened by Katie Couric. He is an above-average juggler with waning professional circus aspirations.