2020 Implicit Bias Conference

2020 Implicit Bias Conference

Save your spot for the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s 2nd annual Implicit Bias Conference.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
7:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Who should attend the 2020 Implicit Bias Conference?

In May 2018, the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) passed a resolution declaring that racism is a public health crisis in Wisconsin and committed to taking action. Little did they know that in less than two years a national pandemic would put that crisis on full display across Wisconsin and provide a platform to demonstrate the promised action. Today, COVID-19 is disproportionally affecting people of color in WI. On June 7, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released data indicating there were 20,835 cases of COVID-19. The facts: 27% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 44% of people who have died from it are black. In Wisconsin, black people account for 6.7% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Additionally, a 2019 report released by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington found that a number of factors — historical, economic, demographic and political — have shaped patterns of racial disparity and race relations in the Midwest. People have asked questions about why and how blacks and Hispanics are in the situation they’re in. There are numerous historical reasons for current disparities–racism is at the center of the reasons. System issues of racism have lead to limited access to food, environments, employment, and health care that significantly alters the quality of life afforded to people of color.

The 2020 Implicit Bias conference at the YWCA will define the issues, provide insight into the historical factors and current realities that must be addressed for service providers to provide equitable opportunities that people of color experience as helpful. It will also provide participants practical definitions of implicit bias, racism and prejudice with eye opening examples of how implicit bias is expressing itself in Northeastern Wisconsin. It will extend a robust community conversation about ways we can provide equal service opportunities across the changing demographics of this region. This is only truly possible if service providers and peace officers understand their own beliefs about people different from them and the implicit bias they have which impacts how they engage in their work with people different from them.

The conference is designed through an intercultural lens that takes into consideration a varied level of stations that individual communities exist in. The premise of the conference is that we all have implicit bias. We didn’t ask for it–but it is in us, and it is our responsibility to understand and avoid allowing it to impact the support we provide to clients in each of our roles. Just as the COVID crisis exposed health disparities, George Floyd’s live streamed murder has exposed systemic historical racism that connects unwittingly to deadly realities of discrimination in the justice system. This year’s conference will provide attendees with tools to take personal accountability and be a part of the solution to racism in Northeast Wisconsin.

The conference will have answers to general and specific questions like: How does implicit bias impact how we perceive and engage the world around us? How are marginalized/low resourced/different cultures impacted by implicit bias? What can be done to minimize the costs of implicit bias? Additionally, participants will be invited to complete a pre/post survey and attend and facilitate small/large group conversations and reflections.

In 1924 Emory Bogardus developed a social distance scale which is one of the oldest psychological attitude scales still in use. This social distance scale measures prejudice—or, more precisely, the degrees of warmth, intimacy, indifference or hostility—between an individual and any social, racial or ethnic groups. One of the suggestions that has been proven through almost a century in use is that spending time with people who are different from you creates an opportunity to reduce prejudice. The YWCA implicit bias conference does this, and in the process supports community members, advocates, officers and all human service workers.

Download the 2020 Implicit Bias Conference Agenda for full list of presentations and descriptions.

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Thanks to our sponsors!

Freedom Sponsors

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Workshop Sponsors

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

Peace Sponsors

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Media Sponsors

Woodward Radio Group

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If you are interested in sponsoring the Implicit Bias Conference, please download this sponsorship levels form. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie Asare, CEO at lasare@ywcagreenbay.org or call (920) 432-5581 x135.