Bias Awareness Trainings
I want people to respect differences in others.
Our bias awareness training promote respect for differences and foster “Aha”moments that lead to shifts in mindsets.
- For teens and adults ages 13 – 65+ representing all races, religions, ethnicities, beliefs, socio-economic levels, abilities, needs, sexual orientation, appearances and backgrounds.
- For students, teachers, support staff, coaches, bus drivers, employees, management and board of directors.
- Sessions are facilitated vs. taught; our trainings are interactive and are enriched by the participants’ sharing.
- Our trainings are designed to help people become more aware of their personal biases; especially the unconscious ones. We help individuals better understand the characteristics in others of which they are most judgmental.
- Trainings are 60 minutes to 8 hours in length depending on the depth of the content.
- Our trainings are customized for any size audience although we’ve found that smaller groups (less than 50) allow for the most meaningful and productive interaction and discussion.
- We ensure a safe and non-threatening environment for sharing diversity related experiences and concerns.
Prejudice is learned; everyone prejudges. It begins with “little acts of bias” such as jokes, rumors, stereotyping, insensitive remarks, non-inclusive language, screening out positive information about groups of people to accept the negative, and justifying bias by seeking out like minded people. If not kept in check, these biases turn into prejudice and bigotry. Name calling, ridiculing, scapegoating, labeling, social avoidance and de-humanization can occur. This can lead to discrimination, harassment and social exclusion. Sadly, these can escalate to violence.
- are aware of their personal biases and the assumptions of others;
- know how to inquire about differences without offending;
- listen with open minds;
- suspend their own beliefs as needed to ensure fair and consistent interactions with others; and
- seek different perspectives and actively learn from differences in people.
The JCC’s Bias Awareness Trainings break down walls of misunderstanding and ignorance and reduce put-downs, name-calling, bullying, rudeness, ridicule, stereotyping, discrimination and violence. The trainings focus on respecting differences vs. accepting differences because everyone is entitled to his or her beliefs. A person doesn’t have to like someone or believe what that person believes in; but as human beings, we need to respect the differences and agree to disagree with each other.