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Addressing Implicit Bias in Nonprofits

Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm PST
The Braille Institute
741 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029
Members: $50.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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Back due to popular demand!! Dr. Marks’ engaging and interactive workshop will not only provide a clear description of implicit bias, but also describe its causes, consequences, measurement, potential solutions, and implications for nonprofit organizations. Join us for this deep-dive workshop into how implicit bias shows up in ourselves and in our work, and how you can change your personal and organizational behaviors and practices.



We all have biases. The impact of our implicit bias on others, however, significantly depends on our social and professional roles in society. The biases held by police officers, physicians, prosecutors and criminal court judges can literally determine whether someone lives or dies. Biases held by teachers and school administrators affect educational practices and student outcomes. And for the nonprofit sector, implicit biases affect the priorities set and supported by nonprofit organizations, as well as the way service providers, community organizers, and other grass-roots organizations interact with the people they serve.

Research has revealed that many Americans show a positive implicit bias toward White Americans vs. African Americans, young vs. old, and fit vs. obese. (Curious about your own? Check here for some insight). Repeated exposure to certain associations between specific groups and specific traits/characteristics are often very strong and difficult to undo without deliberate effort or ongoing training. It is possible, however, to implement practices or policies that reduce the likelihood that implicitly biased beliefs will lead to biased behaviors.

At this workshop, we will explore the full range of implicit bias, broadly defined as the varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice (dis/liking others), and/or discrimination (unequal treatment of others) below conscious awareness in a manner that typically benefits oneself or one’s group.

The training addresses the following questions:

  • What is implicit bias?
  • What does implicit bias look like in the real world—and in philanthropy specifically?
  • What causes implicit bias?
  • How is implicit bias measured?
  • How does implicit bias affect the person who holds the bias?
  • How does implicit bias affect the attitudes and behaviors of the targeted group?
  • How can implicit bias be reduced/managed at the individual and organizational levels?

The training includes:

  • Highly interactive and introspective exercises, including live polling
  • Participants completing a measure of implicit bias and discussing the results
  • Small working group discussions regarding how to implement several recommended practices/policies to reduce bias. These discussions include:
    • Identifying recommendations that can be implemented in the short-term
    • Identifying challenges and solutions to implementing those recommendations
    • Creating a list of concrete next steps toward implementation of those recommendations
    • An overview of follow-up activities and materials that will reinforce workshop information and increase the likelihood of long-term impact

See SCG President & CEO Christine Essel's column and video on implicit bias in The NonProfit Times.



Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr.

Chief Equity Officer, National Training Institute on Race and Equity

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer and award-winning educator. Dr. Marks is the Founder and Chief Training Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and he is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as Senior Advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. Dr. Marks has provided implicit bias training to over 2,000 Police Chiefs and executives via a series of briefings at the White House in 2016, and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), corporations, philanthropy, non-profits, local and federal government and several other sectors. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, the academic achievement of minority college students, innovations in STEM education and personal passion and productivity.



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This workshop is part of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation—Los Angeles (TRHT-LA). 

$50 per person (breakfast/lunch provided). Payment must be by credit card. NOTE: No refunds if canceling after October 25, 2019.

Who May Attend
Open to employees and board members (not consultants or volunteers) of nonprofit service providers, community organizers, nonprofit media professionals, and other grass-roots organizations in Southern California only. Philanthropic organizations can attend one of the Addressing Implicit Bias 101. Only nonprofit organizations that fit the criteria may send people to the workshop. If we cannot verify the relationship (via website or another method) you may be turned away. Philanthropic organizations can attend one of the Addressing Implicit Bias in Philanthropy sessions on Oct 10th or Nov 14th.

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Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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