Introduction

 

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Police officers buying donuts and coffee, an example of perceived stereotypical behavior in the US

 

 

Psychologists once believed that only bigoted people used stereotypes. Now the study of unconscious bias is revealing the unsettling truth: We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us.

 

Each of us has a biased world view because we are all limited to a single camera perspective. That is we can only see what comes before us, we can only hear what is around us, and we can only read that which is in front of us. No one has the definitive version of reality, including the the author of this lesson. Our social locations helps inform our world view - our race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, culture, etc. Our world view impacts how we view, respond, and react to every experience. Our job in this lesson is to learn what stereotypes and biases are, how to recognize our own biases, and how move beyond them to a more balanced ability to evaluate and understand people.

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

Participants who successfully complete this workshop should be able to:

How Learning Objectives Can be Met

The participant in this lesson can expect to achieve the above learning objectives by engaging in the learning activities described below.

Learning Activities:

The learning activities in this lesson include:

 

As you work through this lesson, you will encounter many activities to help reinforce your learning of this material. Some of the activities are graded, and some are not. All of the graded activities may be attempted as often as necessary for you to demonstrate your understanding. Upon completion of this lesson and all the graded activities, and after achieving a score of at least 80%, you will be provided with a Certificate of Completion.

 

This seems like a lot to cover, so we had best get busy...........

 

 


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