A critical implicit bias focus aims to study the science of implicit bias and locate human bias squarely within history. Numerous scholars in the last five years have explored the past to account for the kinds of institutional discrimination in the present that are born of settler colonialism. Recently, legal and critical scholars such as Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Robyn Maynard have published works theorizing the ways that the history of slavery and settler colonialism have left their mark on Black communities in both the US and Canada—what Saidiyah Hartman has named “the afterlives of slavery.” Specifically, they argue, segregation and racial bias still inform the relationship that Black people have with institutions such as schools, the court and justice systems, and police.

We are very fortunate to welcome Dr. Rachel Zellars of McGill University and the University of Vermont to lead a two-hour workshop on implicit bias at Vanier College. Vanier teachers, professionals, support staff, and administrators – especially those who deal directly with students – are invited to learn about implicit bias and the profound effects it has on people’s lives. This workshop applies a critical approach to both discuss the reality of implicit bias and the ways Canadian history impacts the present.

This workshop focuses on the following:
· What is implicit bias?
· Why does history matter to implicit bias?
· Why does implicit bias matter in our everyday lives?
· What does science say about ‘ameliorating our implicit biases?’

Although this workshop centers racialization and anti-Black bias in Canada, it also takes an intersectional approach to unpacking discrimination more broadly. Importantly, this workshop concludes with everyday practices shown to ameliorate implicit bias.

For further information, please contact Julia Hall at hallj@vanier.college.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 13th from 1 pm to 3 pm in A-320. Please be advised that space is limited.

*Funding for this event is provided by the Ministère de l’éducation et de l’engseignement supérieur through a subvention awarded to Marya Grant.

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