Dr. Bentley L. Gibson, Director of The Bias Adjuster, LLC, hosted and facilitated a workshop regarding Implicit Bias. Dr. Gibson is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Highlands College. Her research focuses on what are known as implicit biases, associations that people may be unaware they possess, yet still impact their behaviors. Her full biography is available here.
At the conclusion of this program, attendees would have:
- Developed an awareness of their own implicit bias (using the latest scientific assessments).
- Had exposure to the science explaining how implicit bias develops from childhood to adulthood.
- Learned about how factors such as personality and specific social conditions (i.e. stress) impact implicit bias.
- Understood the ways in which implicit bias can impact the behaviors of well-intentioned individuals, and that few of us are immune to society’s deeply rooted social stereotypes.
- Understood how to use the observational method to assess prejudice and discrimination that may be associated with implicit bias in their surroundings.
- Understood how to reduce and control implicit bias and achieve positive intergroup experiences.
- Had numerous counter-stereotypical examples of negatively stereotyped groups that will counteract negative attitudes
- Participated in group/team-building exercises that reduce bias and foster positive intergroup interactions.
- Participated in a training that steers away from causing negative feelings (i.e., guilt, sadness, discouragement, anger, etc.).