Implicit and explicit biases have contributed to huge disparities between ethnic minorities and the majority population. The goal of this session is to increase participants’ awareness of the negative impact of bias and racism on persons of color as well as the society at large. The approach of perspective-taking will be used in order to improve empathy, a key competency in ICC.
Equity and inclusion cannot be achieved until individuals become aware of their ethnocentrism, stereotyping, and prejudice (bias). Subconscious bias is the biggest barrier in intercultural communication. The goal of this session is to help participants identify understand those subconscious reactions and the mental shifts needed for the journey to competence.