Expanding the Table Session 4: Implicit Bias - A Training to Break the Prejudice Habit

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (All day)
PNC Bank
800 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20006
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In 2016, WRAG led a groundbreaking effort called Putting Racism on the Table. The goal was to promote learning and understanding about the depth, breadth, and impact of racism among the leadership of philanthropic institutions in the region. Now, we are partnering with Leadership Greater Washington to expand the regional, cross-sector network of philanthropic, nonprofit, and business leaders who understand racism and are committed to working for racial justice. Together, we are Expanding the Table for Racial Equity.

Our goal: Grow the network of people committed to promoting and working together for racial equity in the Greater Washington region.

Our process: Inform. Engage in a conversation. Move to action.

Note: This series is now sold out. Each session will be filmed and available at www.puttingracismonthetable.org. 

Click here to view the full series, and here to download a flyer.

Session 4: Implicit Bias - A Training to Break the Prejudice Habit
Trainers: Dr. Patricia Devine, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Dr. Will Cox, Assistant Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Devine and Dr. Cox, two scientific leaders in the study of stereotyping and implicit biases, developed and empirically tested this training designed to break the “prejudice habit.” This training was the first and remains the only intervention that has been shown to produce long-term changes in implicit bias.

This session will be offered from 9:00am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 4:00pm. Series participants may select to attend the morning or afternoon session.

About Dr. Devine & Dr. Cox:
Dr. Devine has been a social psychology professor at UWMadison since 1985, and is internationally recognized as an eminent expert in the scientific study of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. The very notion of “implicit bias” or “unintentional bias” originated in her early work. Devine conceptualizes prejudice reduction as a process of "breaking the prejudice habit," which requires awareness and concern about bias and one’s own role in perpetuating bias, motivation to overcome bias, and strategies to aid or guide one’s efforts to reduce bias. Whereas previous models of prejudice suggested that prospects for true change were dim, Devine’s model offers encouraging prospects for true reductions in prejudice.

Dr. Cox is a social psychologist, and is currently an assistant scientist in the department of psychology at UW-Madison. Cox’s work has focused on uncovering the specific neural, cognitive, social, and cultural mechanisms that perpetuate bias and stereotypes. Cox translates this basic research on stereotype persistence and perpetuation to enhance efforts to overcome bias, which interfaces with the awareness component of Devine’s habit model of long-term prejudice reduction.