What is
Implicit Bias
Let's talk about our blind-spots.
Seats Available Apr 21
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 6:00 to 8:40 pm
Implicit Bias
No shame, No blame:
Just Dialogue.

“One of the remarkable features of implicit bias is the possibility that individuals may not be aware of their own bias. Neither introspection nor honest self-report are reliable guides to the presence of such mental states, and one may harbor implicit biases that are diametrically opposed to one’s explicitly stated and consciously avowed attitudes.” Daniel Kelly and Erica Roedder

The MLK Commission and The Sutherland Institute are partnering with The Village Square to create an amazing event on a sensitive topic: Implicit Bias.

This event will dialogue globally about implicit bias and the many faces that it wears; political, gender, sexual, racial, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, including the aspects of fear and shame hidden within our biases. This is not a ‘soap box’ event for individual causes; instead we seek to listen and speak from a compassionate place in order to understand the invisible thread that runs through every human.

How do we see into our own blind-spots, without shaming ourselves or others? How do we look into those fearful spaces that we’ve always run from? Let’s start by listening to an in-depth and honest dialogue between the professionals in our community who are on the front lines of studying implicit bias and its’ effects on our society; panelists range from Professors to Theologians to Social Scientists to Clergy to Community Leaders.

“…almost everybody is against discrimination in general, but, at the same time, almost everybody practices discrimination in his own “personal affairs…” ~ Gunnar Myrdal

Description of the evening: We will begin with a light dinner; followed by a panelist discussion covering the full spectrum of implicit bias; and culminating in the opportunity for you to cultivate the art of respectful listening and speaking among small groups of previously unknown friends. Yes, we ask you to step-out from beneath your fears and biases and engage with other citizens that have the same desire to change the reactive nature of our behavior when disagreement arises. As ‘scary’ as this sounds, participants find that it is an immense privilege to discover others with the same commitment to decency and respect.

No matter how certain you are about your own implicit biases, or lack thereof, there is much to be learned from looking within ourselves and our unconscious habits. Join us for an adventure into the world of respectful dialogue where biases need not be the end of a conversation, but the beginning of a new one.

This is a free event but space is limited so you must reserve your seat (seats available April 21; sign-up for our newsletter and receive a reminder email).

Due to popularity, unclaimed seats will be offered to others at 6:15 pm.

Guidelines, Self-Help, Intro Q’s and Quotes: familiarize yourself with these aspects of the evening. }




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