Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Kathleen Osta

Senior Director | National Equity Project
Kathleen is Senior Director at the National Equity Project. For over 15 years Kathleen has provided coaching and training to education and community leaders focused on systems change related to racism. She has worked as a social worker in Chicago where she led the development of school community partnerships focused on academic and socio-emotional development of children.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Our Hidden Brain: Keys to Interrupting the Impact of Implicit Bias

Implicit bias has come to be recognized as a powerful force that not only shapes individual actions but institutional policies and practices as well. We now know implicit bias plays a role in individual interactions, suspensions from school, jury verdicts, sentencing to prison, job interviews, hiring, police shootings, and policies influencing housing, health care and more. This session will look at three primary mechanisms that produce bias: priming, associations, and assumptions and create understanding of actions people can take to counteract negative race associations that lead to negative consequences for people of color. This highly interactive session will use activities, videos, media images, and provocative discussions to increase understanding of how implicit bias manifests, how it perpetuates, and what people can do to interrupt it with a vision for changing both individuals and systems.

Speakers: hugh vasquez, Kathleen Osta