Recognizing Implicit Bias in our Own Lives

As human beings we all have our own biases.  This is a natural  response to protect us from what is unfamiliar, however if not recognized biases can be destructive.   As protective parents we are biased towards our own children when we encounter someone who is different. We are biased by our own cultural norms because they are familiar, whether it is food religion or traditions.  However we must recognize that many of the biases we hold are formed from a lifetime of negative input.  Think of how African Americans have been portrayed in mass media for over one hundred years.  Whether it was blackface during Vaudeville days or cartoons from Dumbo to Jungle Book, or Crime show dramas of the 1970's, African Americans have been portrayed in negative manners and these images have been driven into the greater society.

 

In this workshop, Chris shares his own experiences with implicit biases and how through reflection he has come to recognize and use strategies to confront them.  Participants will be asked to share their own implicit biases they may have and what they do or will do as they confront them.  The impact of implicit bias is also examined and topics from classroom management to grades are also discussed.