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Community Coalition on Race to Host Discussion on Implicit Bias

The Alternative Press Staff

Sunday, May 11, 2014 • 6:57pm

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Community Coalition on Race is hosting its annual "Conversations on Race" forum on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange. This year they plan to have a candid community discussion on implicit biases.

"Most individuals, groups, and even institutions explicitly renounce racist, homophobic, sexist, ageist, etc. beliefs. But implicit biases operate at an unconscious level and are influenced by our cultural environments," said Coalition Nancy Gagnier in a release. "How do we recognize implicit bias? How do our implicit biases influence our relationships in the community? How can we can resolve to become more aware of how we make decisions, and if and when implicit biases may be at work in that process?"

A group presentation will be led by Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity.  Then, participants will break into facilitated small groups to talk about ways to create change. This event is free and open to the public. Preregister by calling 973-761-6116, ext. 6 or by filling out a contact form on the Coalition on Race website, www.twotowns.org.

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