But what’s important to know about implicit biases is that, once people are made aware of them, those biases can be successfully addressed. “We can mitigate them. We can interrupt them. You can train your mind to catch yourself,” said Costello. “It’s like breaking a habit, but the first thing you have to do is become aware of the habit.”
– When Implicit Bias Shapes Teacher Expectations, NEA Today
What is implicit bias?
Defined by the Kirwin Institute as attitudes or stereotypes that are activated unconsciously and involuntarily. They are not the same as biases that a person might try to hide because they’re unpopular or socially incorrect. Social scientists believe that implicit biases are learned as young as age 3, and may be fueled by stereotypes perpetuated in the media, or beliefs passed along by parents, peers, and other community members.
What Peace Learning Center’s workshop looks like:
Implicit bias is something we all have. This workshop examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. Join us for a day of self-exploration and self-reflection in a safe, encouraging space.
The group will be led through the following self-reflection and discussions:
- Identifying and owning your own implicit bias(es) and overt bias(es)
- How this connects to being a gatekeeper (person with power)
- How this can inform/influence actions & interactions with people
The workshop will have a small “homework” assignment before attending that will take a total of 30-40 minutes. More information on the assignment will be included in the email confirming registration.
Workshop Objective: For individuals to identify, reflect, and understand their own implicit bias as well as their roles as gatekeepers within their community.
Public workshops can be found below or you may fill out a Program Interest Form for workshops specific to your organization.