3-D Bias Glasses: Taking a Closer Look at the Impact of Bias on Our Work
February 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Faculty: Fiona Oliphant, JD, Healing Equity United
Course Objective: Understand how to move beyond hope-filled intentions towards concrete actions dismantling barriers to our services.
“We serve everyone” is an extremely popular refrain amongst nonprofit service providers. Most of us conflate our aspiration with reality. We earnestly intend to provide high quality services to anyone and everyone in need. Unfortunately, good intentions are insufficient to make our services truly accessible to all. In reality, intentional and unintentional, bias in our sector is a contributing factor to the challenges that people from marginalized communities continue to face when seeking support.
We must move beyond hope-filled intentions towards concrete actions dismantling barriers to our services. We must:
1. Honestly reflect on our biases (conscious and unconscious) and how they may impact our service provision;
2. Hold space for candid and courageous conversations unpacking how bias shows up in our organizations; and
3. To recognize how other peoples’ biases may impact the ways in which they engage with us as service providers.
In other words, this workshop will utilize a 3-dimensional framework to unpack bias in our work. Participants will discuss bias, power, privilege, and oppression. We will also explore how each of us must hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for recognizing and mitigating bias in our sector thereby enhancing services. Participants will walk away with concrete action steps that they can take back to their organizations to spur the creation of an environment which is significantly more accessible and inclusive.
1. Define and recognize bias (conscious and unconscious).
2. Recognize how identity, oppression, and privilege affects us and impacts our work.
3. Identify 3-dimensional practices we can implement to mitigate the impact of bias for ourselves, our organizations and those whom we serve.