Unconscious Bias: Discussion
Presented in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Are you unconsciously biased?
It is possible that the random comments that you say, the pronouns that you choose, and the assumptions that you “innocently” make are slowly and cumulatively making your co-workers, peers, professors, administrators and/or students uncomfortable. Moreover, is it possible that your behavior might cost you and the college economic or reputational harm as injured parties silently leave your college. Those injured individuals may share their experiences publicly and/or take legal action. This dynamic session, which incorporates social science, current events, legal cases, and role playing, will provide participants with a greater awareness of implicit bias and micro aggressions. This session will primarily focus on race and ethnicity. It aims at creating rich racial dialogue to promote a healthier campus environment.
Refreshments will be served
The discussion will be led by Ama Karikari-Yawson.
Yawson earned a BA from Harvard, an MBA from the Wharton School and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her unique understanding of social issues, business and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as diversity, sexual violence and personal empowerment. She is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post and The Atlantic. In 2013, a painful experience with bullying inspired her to write her best-selling fable about difference, Sunne's Gift. Yawson became so personally invested in spreading the book's message of healing and harmony that she quit her six-figure job as a securities lawyer to become a full-time author, storyteller and edutainer. Her life-changing workshops and training sessions incorporate storytelling, drama, dance, history, cutting-edge psychological research and legal analysis to propel participants and communities toward greater health and success.