Can We Really Talk? Examining Our Assumptions in the Classroom

February 23, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Hosted online via Zoom

This session explores how to acknowledge, teach, and talk about race and racism with students (including our own understanding of this sensitive topic) in thWe all carry implicit biases, both positive and negative, that shape how we act and treat others. Implicit bias, which is also known as unconscious bias, is the product of learned associations and social conditioning. If unchecked, implicit biases can affect educational access and achievement in the classroom. Implicit bias results in an effect called stereotype threat, which occurs when an individual internalizes negative stereotypes about a group to which they belong. Microaggressions are also a manifestation of implicit bias. In this session we will focus on how to address the implicit bias that can happen in the classroom.e classroom through the lens of the media. We will discuss how the media frames and influences the perspectives students bring to class, and consider the challenges and benefits of navigating such topics. Using examples from recent news stories, we will analyze the nature of the news coverage and share strategies for having productive class discussions about current events related to race in America.

This workshop series is co-sponsored by the Office of Instutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL).

Guest Facilitator: Valerie Dudley, Director of Multicultural Education and Training, IDEAL

The CAT will send registered participants a Zoom access link to this webinar via email one hour prior to the sessions.

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