Rhode Island College recognizes that society as a whole is characterized by its rich diversity, that this diversity is a basic strength, and that such diversity is expected to increase, both within society and within the College community. As an institution of higher education, the College is committed to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for the increasingly diverse backgrounds and beliefs of those who comprise the College community, as well as the larger community of which Rhode Island College is a part.
Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion
Spring 2019 Lecture
“Mindbugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias”
Jordan Axt of Project Implicit
A lecture to increase awareness, foster opportunities for effective relationships, and cultivate cultural humility and curiosity. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Gaige Hall 100, Rhode Island College
Awareness of implicit bias and microaggressions are essential to:
- Increase awareness of how our socialization process unconsciously perpetuates implicit biases and microaggressions.
- Help foster opportunities for active and effective connections and relationships among a diverse group of people.
- Cultivate cultural humility and curiosity to hold safe spaces for healthy discourse on tackling uncomfortable conversations and understanding why something someone might see as innocuous might have real impacts.
Jordan Axt received his doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Virginia in May 2017. Currently he is a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University and director of data and methodology at Project Implicit, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting research on implicit bias. Starting January 2020, he will be an assistant professor of psychology at McGill University. His research focuses on the origins and consequences of implicit bias in domains such as race, religion, age and sexual orientation. His work has been covered by media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and CBS News, and he has given presentations on implicit bias to faculty, legal, corporate and medical audiences. Sponsored by Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion.