Exploring Implicit Bias and Promoting Equity
We all have biases. Our implicit biases — attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner — often influence and create inequalities in our programs, policies, and practices.
To provide programs and services that are culturally responsive and equitable as society continues to become more racially and ethnically diverse, practitioners need to examine, challenge, and unlearn their implicit biases and adopt an equity-centered framework for serving individuals, families, and communities from various racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
In this webinar, presenter Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE, will discuss:
- the definition of implicit bias;
- examples of biases and microaggressions;
- root causes of biases and stereotypes (e.g., socialization and media influences);
- unlearning implicit biases;
- cultural disconnect; and
- key concepts and constructs, including individual, structural, and institutionalized racism; colorblindness; diversity; equity; inclusion; and culturally responsive practices.
By attending this webinar, you will be able to:
- define and explore implicit bias and understand the role of implicit bias in working with diverse families;
- create a shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts to promote equity; and
- understand the role of structural and institutionalize racism and its impact on inequities in society, particularly in education.
Approved for 1 hour of CFLE education credit.
What Attendees Said About This Webinar:
"This was an impactful, concise, and thought-provoking webinar! It was a good use of my time and I came away with some skills to use with my students."
"Appreciated this opportunity to reflect on my biases and learn how to become a better professional and member of society."
"Very well organized; an important topic with great points for a solution."
About the Presenter
For 17 years, Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE, has been a devoted advocate, providing coordinated and comprehensive early childhood and family support services to improve educational and health outcomes for children and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2015, Dr. Mead has worked at the state level promoting racial equity in early childhood by providing training on diversity, inclusion, and equity, with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce in North Carolina.
Dr. Mead, a Certified Family Life Educator, holds a Doctorate of Education in Early Childhood from Concordia University Chicago. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Service Counseling also from Concordia and completed a second Master of Science degree in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests include racial inequities in early childhood, specifically suspensions and expulsions of children of color; implicit racial bias; sociocultural factors that shape family structures and processes; and culturally responsive family engagement. Dr. Mead is deeply committed to creating safe and brave spaces to talk about institutional racism and promote diversity and equity in early childhood.
On-Demand Webinar Recording
Even if you can't watch this webinar live, your registration will still grant you access to watch the recording at your convenience. The fee for this webinar is $25 for NCFR student members, $45 for NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), $85 for nonmembers.
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