What is a bias? Bias is defined as prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from implicit attitudes and implicit stereotypes that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control.
Building Cultural Competence. Bias, is often demonstrated in the form of micro-aggressions. Micro-aggression is the idea that specific interactions between those of different cultures or genders can be interpreted as non-physical aggression. Managing diversity and effectively addressing the implicit bias that exists within individuals is critical to creating an inclusive work environment. This session will assist you in identifying and owning your bias, as well as identifying and addressing bias in others.
We will discuss the danger and absurdity of stereotypes and share strategies for creating a workplace that is not just diverse in its makeup, but is welcoming and inclusive regardless of difference.
Presenter: Marc Perry
Marc Perry’s Biography
Marc Perry has more than 20 years’ experience working with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds. He has directed youth development, family development and inclusion initiatives for Wyman Center Inc., Mentor St. Louis, Wesley House Association and Kohl Children’s Museum. Marc has experience directing residential and outreach camping programs as well as school-based and community based before and after school programming. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating community-wide needs assessments and developing the organizations strategic plan.
Marc provides cultural equity training for both public and private institutions; including local government, law enforcement and school districts throughout Wisconsin. He currently serves as the Director of Community Programs for Community Action Inc., of Rock and Walworth Counties where he provides training and technical assistance to partner organizations overseeing adult preparation programs, housing programs and employment programs.
For more information and to register please contact Melissa Gallagher of Kishwaukee College: Mgallagher1@kish.edu