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Reducing Bias

Since much of my research is on implicit bias, this part of the site, which is still under construction, will include some concrete proposals for reducing prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.  

During the 2015-2016 academic year, I will deliver talks and training sessions on Implicit Bias & Stereotype Threat for the administrators, faculty, staff, and students of Cal Poly Pomona, and work with the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences to implement interventions to address these issues on campus.  

I am also organizing a conference on the Philosophy of Implicit Bias at Cal Poly Pomona in the late Spring 2016.  

Michael Brownstein and I delivered Implicit Bias Training to the Pima County Courts (Juvenile Court Center, Arizona Superior Court, and Consolidated Court Center) in Tucson, AZ, July 2015.  At California State University, East Bay, in May 2014, and at Columbia's Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) group, in March 2015, I gave talks on "Understanding and Overcoming Implicit Bias in Higher Education," which sketch the widespread evidence for implicit bias, the sources of implicit bias, and some specific effects of implicit bias on teachers and students, before concluding with a variety of concrete proposals regarding what individuals and institutions can do to combat implicit bias.  Here is the video and here is the Powerpoint presentation.  (If you are already familiar with the basics about implicit bias, you may still find the concluding discussion of individual and institutional reforms helpful.)

Here are some further useful links.

National Center for State Courts, "Helping courts address implicit bias: Resources for education", which includes, among other things, a zip file of counterstereotypical images one could use as a Screensaver, and a (somewhat regrettably low-fidelity) Counterstereotype Training Task

Climate for Women & Underrepresented Groups at Rutgers

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

MIT Active Bystanders

Gender Tutorials by Virginia Valian and The Gender Equity Project

University of Sheffield's page on Implicit Bias & Philosophy

Feminist Philosophers Blog

Project Implicit

The Police Officer's Dilemma

On a lighter note, I highly recommend this brief, informal, and accessible TEDx lecture regarding better ways to talk and think about race and racism, by Jay Smooth, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race."