Understanding Implicit Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions (UIRB) Virtual Workshop May 13

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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Professional Development will be sponsoring a 1-day learning exchange for Extension and Outreach staff and faculty, Understanding Implicit Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions (UIRB), developed by the Iowa Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Adult, Children and Family Services Division. Defined as a learning exchange, rather than as a training, UIRB is both a guided educational experience which uses a standard curriculum and a facilitated discussion that encourages and supports participants’ active involvement in the learning exchange. A team of intensively-trained facilitators with a background in child and family welfare and a commitment to understanding and reducing implicit bias lead the learning exchange.

This is another learning opportunity to build on our Navigating Difference Cultural Competency Series and Coming Together for Racial Understanding workshop, and Race: the Power of an Illusion (RPI).

It is the expectation that upon completion of the UIRB Learning Exchange, participants will be able to:

• Discuss terminology and definitions related to implicit bias, particularly racial bias

• Understand the development of stereotypes over a lifetime and how stereotypes may contribute to implicit bias

• Know how implicit bias is measured to aid in understanding what it is, how it is formed and how it is activated

• Recognize one’s own implicit bias and the impact it has on clients or other people of color

• Be able to use techniques to acknowledge and reduce implicit bias in the decision-making process


UIRB will take place from 9am-4pm with an hour for lunch over noon and then two ten-minute breaks (one mid-morning and the other mid-afternoon). This session will be presented via Zoom; calendar invitations containing links to join virtually will be sent out to registrants roughly one week prior to each training date.

Registration is online

Please contact Gayle Coon for additional information.