Implicit biases are pervasive. Everyone possesses them, even people who are trained for objectivity such as judges and scientists.

In concert with the 2019 MLK Symposium theme “Unravel,” the Committee for Intercultural Development will host an event for members of the university community to share their stories of how they choose to respond to others’ biases and reflect on their own.

“Y(our) Story: unraveling biases,” planned for 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in Room 1255 of Angell Hall, will invite members of the university community to share their experiences through written or spoken word, performance pieces, poems, art, music or song.

Participants will be asked to respond to the following prompts: share a moment you have confronted or become aware of your own internal bias; and share an instance where self-awareness of your own bias equipped you to respond to institutional bias.

“The goal is for the event to be personal, interactive and a chance to reflect of people’s everyday ordinary experience,” said Denise Guillot, academic adviser in the LSA Honors Program.

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