Dinsmore Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Tammy Bennett Leads Implicit Bias Training in Wheeling, West Virginia
Last October, the city council of Wheeling, West Virginia unanimously approved a resolution requiring all city employees to participate in implicit bias training. Following through on that action, the city called upon Dinsmore Chief Equity and Inclusion Office Tammy Bennett to facilitate the training. See what Bennett told the Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register about the training below.
“The Right to be Different” is an interactive, 90-minute implicit bias training that gives participants insights into deviations between their explicitly stated values and beliefs and their actual decisions.
“Everyone has bias,” she said. “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes towards a particular individual or social group that differs from our own that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. Engaging in open dialogue about differences is a first step in mitigating the harmful effects of biases in the workplace and community.”
The sessions, which will be conducted several times over a span of two days, will allow participants to explore different social groups and underlying assumptions and stereotypes that influence decision-making; identify ways that unconscious biases create blinds spots that affect the way people see and respond to others; and identify de-biasing techniques to help manage and mitigate the negative impact, build cultural competence and promote equity.
Bennett consults with employers on designing strategic initiatives to curate equitable and inclusive workplace structures, cultures, and leaders and on effectively navigating change management. She helps employers transform cultures by adopting equitable and inclusive practices and policies, unleashing hidden talent by managing implicit bias, and delivering innovative solutions and outcomes by maximizing unique talent.
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