Troy Brown, Manager of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD)Training Academy and three co-facilitators, Isabel Alvarez of the CT Judicial Department, Ken Barone of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, and Bulaong Ramiz of Wesleyan University, led a workshop on implicit bias. Implicit bias is the thoughts, stereotypes, or ideas that unconsciously affect our behavior. The workshop asked participants to reflect on their biases, and on their communities and friends. Many participants said that their communities and close friends are just like them– the same age, education, background, race, gender and sexuality. Facilitators observed that a key way to combat bias is to engage with those who are different from you.
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