Salons at Stowe


Implicit Bias Workshop

July 23, 2015

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.
Inspiration to Action

  • Recognize that everyone holds biases on race, gender, sexuality, appearance, etc.
  • Work to reduce the harmful impact of bias — we may not live in a world without bias, but we can live in a world in which there are no harmful effects of bias
  • Engage, listen and learn from those who are different from you
  • Challenge bias, openly and courageously, when you see it or hear it
  • Critically think about the media you consume and how it may influence your understanding of difference and identity
Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Doors Open 6 PM
Program 6:30 - 8:30 PM