The Role of Implicit Bias in People’s Everyday Lives and Work Teams: a lecture hosted by Duke PMCoP | Oct. 17

September 11, 2017

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: Duke North Pavilion, Lower Level Lecture Hall – 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, NC 27710

Guest Speaker: Benjamin Reese Jr., Psy.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University

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Dr. Reese will discuss the role of implicit bias in people’s everyday lives and work teams. The presentation will trace the development of preferences and inclinations in early childhood through the formation of implicit biases in adults. Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our decisions or actions in an unconscious way. Strategies for diminishing unconscious bias and its impact on decision-making, such as decisions by search committees and other employment transactions, will be discussed. 

During the event, Dr. Reese will define implicit bias and share steps that individuals can use to identify and decrease these subconscious judgments. He will also discuss free implicit association tests that can help individuals identify their own implicit biases. One example is Project Implicit, hosted by Harvard University.

The event is sponsored by the Duke PMCoP and NC Project Management Institute’s Higher Education Community of Practice. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.