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Understanding and Tracking Implicit Biases

Presented by: Milton A. Fuentes, Psy.D

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Implicit bias, what exactly is it and how might it present itself in your life? Do you look past differences to see possibility? Perhaps you have a preconceived idea about a child that inhibits them being the best that they can be. Exploring these and other questions about bias and inclusivity and the strategies to address these issues will be covered in this webinar.

In this webinar participants will be able to: (a) define and explain the science of implicit bias; (b) discuss the empirically-based challenges of implicit biases in their respective settings; and (c) identify strategies that could address implicit biases.

Dr. Milton A. Fuentes received his MA in Psychology with a Latina/o Psychology focus from Montclair State University and his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in clinical and community psychology at Yale University and secured post-doctoral training in epidemiology at Columbia University. He is the 2012 President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association; a former member of the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs; and a current ethnic minority delegate to APA’s Council of Representatives. Dr. Fuentes is currently a professor in the psychology department, director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University, and is licensed to practice psychology in New Jersey and New York.

Comments(10)

  1. HDeluth says

    What do you suggest be the first step in managing my biases?

  2. LindaS says

    How can I help my children develop healthy biases?

    • Dr. Fuentes says

      Ensure they get exposed to healthy images and attitudes about others. Children see and hear what we say; we are their best teachers. When prejudice is being promoted, help them deconstruct it.

  3. Julie R says

    Is it really possible to reduce and eliminate implicit biases?

    • Dr. Fuentes says

      I am an optimist and believe in change. Since we developed these associations we should be able to replace them, but it will take time and effort. There are a number of research strategies (as cited in Devine et al, 2012), including:
      Stereotype replacement (Monteith, 1993)
      Counter-stereotypic imaging (Blair, Ma, & Lenton, 2001)
      Individuating (Brewer, 1988; Fiske & Neuberg, 1990)
      Perspective taking (Galinsky & Moskowitz, 2000),
      Increasing opportunities for contact (Pettigrew, 1998;
      Pettigrew & Tropp, 2006).

  4. DougM says

    As a soccer coach, I hear biased/inappropriate comments from the sidelines often made by parents. I’m afraid one of these times it will erupt into an altercation. Any suggestions on how to handle that?

    • Dr. Fuentes says

      Be proactive. Hold a meeting or send a letter to parents. Share that it’s important to promote inclusive environments; ask for their help in doing that through their language and actions.

  5. LorenaJ says

    I would like your opinion on this situation with my husband’s uncle who fought in Korea. The teenagers in the family have asked him about his service which I would not usually want to discourage, but he sort of launches into stories about his time there that are often not appropriate and in my opinion biased. I realize that is his view based on his experiences, but it requires explanation/clean up afterward. My husband wants to leave it alone; I think we should discourage the questions. Your thoughts on how to manage this so the information he shares is a positive experience for the family.

  6. Dr.Fuentes says

    Spend time with the teens explaining that these are “select” instances but not reflective of the overall community. Discuss how prejudice leads to discrimination and how that hurts us all. Share that diversity is associated with a number of benefits, including innovation and creativity. There are a number of online resources that highlight the benefits of diversity, including https://www.talentlyft.com/en/blog/article/244/top-10-benefits-of-diversity-in-the-workplace-infographic-included. Check them out.

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