Workshop: 'Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the College Classroom'

Event Details

February 13, 2017
2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 174-76

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Kirsten Helmer

Workshop Overview

Whether conscious of it or not, instructors and students bring most of who they are to the learning environment, including their biases and stereotypes. This workshop is an introduction to the concepts of implicit, or, unconscious bias, and microaggressions. The session aims to raise awareness about what constitutes expressions of implicit bias and microaggressions, how these negatively impact student learning, and what we can do to work against them in classroom settings.

Workshop Objectives

  • Define implicit bias and the multifaceted nature of microaggressions.
  • Develop awareness about what constitutes expressions of implicit bias and microaggressions in your classrooms.
  • Reflect on your own blindspots: biases, stereotypes, assumptions that you hold about those different from yourself, and how those might affect perceptions and treatment of your students.
  • Learn how to proactively challenge your own and others’ biases, manage microaggressions, and foster a more inclusive learning environment in your classroom.

This event is part of the Spring 2017 TEFD Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series. It is open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.