Implicit Bias

MaryKathyrine Tran, MS joined Ohio University as Assistant Director of the Women’s Center in February 2019. She oversees the Young Women Leaders Program, the ALAANA+ Women’s Leadership Cohort, and the annual International Women’s Art Installation. In conjunction with her duties at the Women’s Center, she teaches a course on mentoring adolescent girls in the Patton College of Education and another course, Introduction to Diversity Studies.

When she is not hanging out with her grumpy cat/roommate Effy, MaryKathyrine loves coffee shops, halfway finishing crossword puzzles, and watching shows about ghosts (the more ridiculous the better!). My favorite quote is about choices and has guided me for nearly 10 years: “If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.” – Deepak Chopra

This workshop encourages participants to consider their own identity, privilege, and implicit bias. Examples of implicit bias are drawn from the Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name movement, as well as from a critical analysis of the weaponization of white femininity. Participants will build skills that can be applied in analyzing the ways in which bias is displayed in individual actions, media, and through institutionalization in policy. Participants will be asked to commit to action steps to both further recognize their bias and minimize their acting on bias.