‘Addressing Unconscious Bias’

Update 4 p.m. 1/20/15: This event has been cancelled "because of an unexpected medical emergency."

Sometimes friends, relatives, co-workers or complete strangers will express their discrimination in sudden and startling ways. We may even find ourselves blurting out a discriminatory comment without thinking about the ramifications.

Guest speaker Michelle “Mikki” Hebl, professor of psychology at Rice University in Houston, will help audience members who attend her upcoming talk better understand how unconscious bias influences our daily interactions, relationships, academic success, service implementation and leadership.

Hebl’s talk, “Addressing Unconscious Bias,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Admission is free. The event is open to Northwestern students, faculty and staff and the general public. Advance responses are appreciated. RSVP online.

Hebl is an applied psychologist who is part of Rice University’s industrial/organizational program. Her research focuses on issues related to diversity and discrimination. Her prime focus is examining subtle ways in which discrimination is displayed and how such displays might be remediated by individuals and/or organizations.

Hebl’s Jan. 22 talk is co-sponsored by One Book One Northwestern, The Office of the Provost and the Women’s Center at Northwestern University.

The Women's Center is partnering with One Book One Northwestern to present programming related to the 2014-15 One Book One Northwestern book selection, “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by social psychologist Claude Steele.

In “Whistling Vivaldi,” Steele reflects on his 30-year career investigating the impact of social biases and prejudices on everyday life. Finding that stereotypes can influence behavior and affect performance, he shares important strategies that may prove helpful in lessening their negative effects.

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