Creating Cultures of Belonging: Decoding Race for White Leaders

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 • 3:30pm–4:30pm • MG6 • Management

What if our interactions with people of other backgrounds (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) are influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves?


Research demonstrates that, in spite of good intentions and being fair-minded, our unconscious mind and automatic brain processes frequently favour those most “like us,” creating blind-spots and hard-to-see discrimination that is systemic, preventing many hardworking people and groups from moving forward in society. This session suggests that in order to advance diversity and inclusion, leaders need to understand how the hardware of the mind fuses with the software of socialization, and what steps can be taken to offset implicit bias as well as systemic discrimination in workplace practices. Interactive and rigorous, this session will help participants understand opportunities and barriers to workplace inclusion. Participants will be given the Anima Leadership Organizational Practices Continuum to help identify and determine organizational next steps.