Event Calendar

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Unconscious Bias: Breaking Down Barriers

Start Date: 8/20/2020 12:00 PM CDT
End Date: 8/20/2020 4:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: MCAKC Knowledge Center

10955 Lowell Ave, Suite 1050
Overland Park, KS  United States  66210

Organization Name: MCAKC

Jacki Conn
Email: jconn@mcakc.org
Phone: (913) 948-9200

A decision will be made in August, whether or not this class will be offered in person or online.

Unconscious Bias: Breaking Down Barriers Through Awareness

We all have prejudices we are not even aware we have. Buried prejudice and biases are surprisingly influential underpinnings to all the decisions we make, affecting our feelings and, consequently, actions. This phenomenon is called unconscious bias. The concept of unconscious bias or "hidden bias" has come into the forefront because the dynamics of diversity are changing. Primarily, it is very important to understand biases in order to overcome them. Your willingness to examine the filters through which you view and interpret yourselves and others is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society and in our workplaces.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the purpose of bias.
  2. Define the term “bias” as it pertains to diversity.
  3. Describe the impact research has had on unconscious bias.
  4. Identify the filters through which you view and interpret yourselves and others.
  5. Appreciate how unconscious bias can adversely affect judgment and decision-making.
  6. Explain how unconscious bias is expressed through subtle but harmful behaviors known as micro-inequities.
  7. Identify steps for controlling biases in your thinking
Target Audience: Organizational leadership who lead other leaders within the company
CEUs: 0.4

Loretta Summers has 40+ years of human resources experience in union and nonunion environments. Noted for her enthusiasm, passion and humor, Loretta combines energy and real-world experiences to facilitate personal and organizational change. She serves as adjunct faculty at Baker University, Ottawa University, Benedictine College and Johnson County Community College.