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CERF 2019 Workshop:

Out in the Open: Identifying, Understanding, and Addressing Implicit Bias

Treda Grayson

Date: Sunday, 3 November
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
The registration fees for this workshop are offset by an award from the National Science Foundation

About this Workshop:

CERF is committed to broadening participation at all levels of the Federation, and is taking several steps over the next few years to achieve the goal of a diverse and inclusive organization. The society’s 2017–2022 Strategic Plan, “Visions IV,” and the Broadening Participation Comprehensive Plan outline diversity goals, actions and activities, several of which were initiated at the 2017 Biennial Conference. Conference attendees were supportive of these efforts, recognizing the value that diversity brings to the society and the coastal and estuarine science community. Attendee feedback identified the need for tools that people can employ to help themselves and others be more aware of diversity and consider it in academic and professional settings.

This four-hour workshop is intended to dive deeper into diversity issues, and provide tools and strategies to assess, address and overcome implicit bias. Expert speakers will facilitate discussions and exercises that help participants explore and become aware of social stereotypes that form outside of our own conscious awareness, known as implicit or unconscious bias. These biases can lead to unfair prejudices or favor of or against individuals or groups, setting up constructs of exclusion rather than inclusion. Understanding underlying biases will allow participants to recognize how challenging them is a critical step in moving beyond the barriers to diversity and inclusion in CERF and the coastal and marine science discipline.