Fourth Annual Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Day

Countering Unconscious Bias through Behavioral and Structural Change

February 19, 2019

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There will be shuttle service from the Jewelry District to the Main Green during the program!

Program Schedule

9:30 to 10:00 am: Plenary Session 

Location: Salomon 101

Special Introductory Remarks by President Christina Paxson and Provost Richard Locke

Welcome and Overview by Shontay Delalue, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

10:00 to 11:15 am: Keynote Panel Discussion

Location: Salomon 101

Disrupting Inequity: Countering Bias through Structural Change

Amanda Bailey, Vice President for Human Resources

Lundy Braun, Professor of Medical Science and Africana Studies

Nicole Truesdell, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life

Moderator: Marlina Duncan, Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity

11:15 to 11:30 am: Brown Bag Lunch Pick-Up in Salomon Lobby

11:30 am to 1:00 pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1

1:15 pm to 2:45 pm: Concurrent Breakout Session 2     


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sessions will be offered twice during the day. Participants are free to register for up to two sessions. 




Implicit (Unconscious) Bias and Microaggressions: How Our Brains Take Short Cuts

In this interactive session, participants will learn how our brains take shortcuts that lead to implicit bias and microaggressions, as well as some constructive steps to counteract these personally and systematically.

Stephen Allsop, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT and Harvard Medical School

Bruce Birren, Ph.D.

Director of the Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

85 Waterman, Room 130


Is Masculinity Toxic? Reflections on Masculinity in the #MeToo Era

In this discussion-based workshop, participants will explore the ways in which we are socialized with regards to gender and how that socialization process can be harmful to ourselves and others. Additionally, we will touch on some recent events related to the topic including Gillette's 'controversial' new ad and also what it means to engage with the work of public figures who have caused harm.

Marc Peters

Assistant Director for Community Dialogue and Campus Engagement and Creator of Brown’s Masculinity 101 Program

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Friedman Hall 108

On the Eve of Change: Implications of the Proposed New Regulations under Title IX for Employees

Join the Title IX Program Officer in a facilitated group discussion on the changes in the proposed regulations and potential implications from the lens of faculty and staff.  This is an interactive session in which participants will engage in small group conversations on concepts such as responsible employee reporting, cross-examination in a hearing process, and procedural fairness with an employee-initiated complaint or employee respondent. 

Rene Davis

Title IX Program Officer

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Friedman Hall 101

Through the Looking Glass: Mitigating the Effects of Stereotype Threat

The awareness of stereotypes and biases about the groups we belong to can impact our performance, our motivation and our ultimate achievement. In this interactive workshop, we will define stereotype threat, review the science behind it, and discuss the ways we can combat it in ourselves, our students, and our employees. 

Lynn Hernández

Director of University Inclusion Programs and Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) in the Brown School of Public Health

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Friedman Hall 102

Practical Mindfulness Skills to Counter Unconscious Bias

Research suggests that mindfulness practices that bring deliberate attention to automatic thoughts, such as unconscious biases, can in turn impact explicit social judgments and behaviors. In this workshop you will learn what mindfulness really is, how to begin practicing it, and how to apply it to noticing your body, mind, thoughts, and ideas. You will be guided in an exploration of mindful listening, a key skill for bringing awareness to unconscious thoughts and feelings. You will also be given helpful tools for applying mindfulness practices in your life and work beyond the workshop.

Éowyn Ahlstrom 

Alex Zima

Mindfulness Center at Brown University

Session 1: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Friedman Hall 208



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