Unconscious Bias: How to Enact Micro-Interventions in Response to Microaggressions
Presented by: Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH, Nelia Viveiros, EdD, LLB
Following this session, this second session will focus on how to enact micro-interventions in response to microaggressions and if/when unconscious bias manifests. This is perhaps the trickiest part – what to do when these issues emerge either towards you and/or towards others. We will include sample questions and practice intervention strategies of the “what to say,” “how to say it,” “when to say it” and preparing for the response.
Dr. Amy Bonomi is Director of the MSU Extension’s Children and Youth Institute, and Chair of the Board of MSU’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Based on her experiences as a woman leader, Dr. Bonomi co-edited (with Callie Rennison) Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper (Cognella). This book convenes the perspectives of 23 diverse academic leaders from across the United States on critical issues facing women leaders in higher education, and was the recipient of the 2020 Most Promising New Textbook by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. From 2013-2018, Dr. Bonomi was chair of MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies Department and special advisor in the Provost’s Office.
Dr. Nelia Viveiros is Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Viveiros’ focus in higher education has been on managing large-scale change efforts and mitigating conflict and trauma in the workspace, especially within the context of higher education and with the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2020, she was awarded the University Thomas Jefferson Award for her achievement in advancing the cause of civic responsibility and for her commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual.