Understanding the origin of biases – how they impact human dynamics, perceptions, and interactions
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon announced today that all Township staff would attend a diversity and inclusion workshop. The workshop, titled, “If You’re Human, You’re Biased: How Our Biases Impact Our Decisions, Perceptions, and Interactions,” has been scheduled for all general full-time and permanent part-time employees during October and November.
“Implicit bias is about attitudes toward individuals and social groups,” said Cannon. “The stereotypes we learn when we are young can stay with us to the point where we can act on them unconsciously. The seminar will help us recognize how implicit bias affects our perception of people, and the decisions we make,” he said.
The workshops are conducted by Jocelyn Giangrande, Founder and President of Sashe LLC, a workplace diversity and inclusion consultancy. Giangrande has more than 25 years of experience conducting diversity and inclusion seminars. Over time, she has shown organizations like Henry Ford Health System ways to recruit, retain, and promote staff in an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, and backgrounds have an opportunity to contribute and thrive.
The training objectives cover how individual and organizational culture impacts biases and behaviors; how our biases are formed, are fed and how we utilize them, and how to identify and build skills to manage biases while enhancing awareness and sensitivity.
Each two-hour workshop includes 35 employees and will be held on the GoToMeeting platform or inside two training centers for employees who do not have access to a private office. All stations at the centers will be appropriately distanced and sanitized.