Implicit Bias Training updated invitation


“Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making”

You are invited to attend this important presentation by

Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding

At Memorial Hall (Ballroom 2nd Fl.),

600 N. 7th St., Kansas City, KS 66101

Thursday, October 5, 2017,

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

To pre-register, please email brussell, or call Brenda Russell at 913-573-2793.

Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making will discuss how stereotyping, implicit bias and colorblindness can influence decision-making resulting in disproportionality in youth-serving systems such as juvenile justice. While the focus of this training is on decision-makers within juvenile justice, time will be spent discussing the impact of other youth serving systems, e.g., child welfare and education on outcomes for children of color.

Much of the bias that occurs in public systems is unintentional. Even people who believe they treat everyone the same can discriminate in subtle but consequential ways. Bias reflected in language, attitudes and actions however slight can affect the application and interpretation of policies, procedures and the law in ways that can contribute to racial disparities. By discussing the impact of implicit bias on decision-making, practitioners learn how to have dialogues about race and racism that make them more effective in their decision-making and offer the possibility of improving outcomes for all children.

This training will address the following objectives by discussing:

  • How stereotypes about race can influence decision-making.
  • How implicit race bias can contribute to negative outcomes.
  • How decisions made at early decision points such as within schools, can influence decisions that fall within the purview of probation.
  • How racially coded language as it appears in court reports and affidavits can impact decision-making.
  • How implicit bias Intervention strategies can potentially decrease bias and improve outcomes.

Biography –

Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D. is a professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State University (California). Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making, has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement and education in jurisdictions throughout the country since 2005. As a faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), she has trained judges at court improvement initiatives in over 40 states. In 2010 Dr. Cameron Wedding was featured in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) website which showcased her work for “content, expertise and platform excellence.” She was also a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one of the largest child advocacy foundations in the U.S. In 2013 in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s 3-year investigation and findings of civil rights violations, Dr. Cameron Wedding led a training team of 5 experts to provide implicit bias training to the entire Shelby County Juvenile Court.

In California 2009-11, she directed the Regional Training Project funded by the California Board of State and Community Corrections. This training project utilized an inter-disciplinary advisory board composed of educators, social workers and law enforcement personnel to design an effective curriculum to mitigate the effects of the School to Prison Pipeline. This project delivered 43 trainings to identify practices that contribute to negative school outcomes that put students at increased risk of juvenile justice involvement.

Dr. Cameron Wedding has conducted implicit bias Train the Trainer Institutes, webinars, and curriculum development in numerous agencies and states throughout the country. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s work includes trainings and keynotes on implicit bias for the Texas New Judges College, the National Association of Children’s Counsel, the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Child Abuse and Neglect Institutes in Reno, Louisville, and Atlanta, the New York State Judicial Institute, Superior Court Judges in Hawaii and Illinois, and the Michigan Judges Association. In addition Dr. Cameron Wedding provided expert testimony before the U.S. Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (2015) and conducted research for expert testimony on a federal jury trial (2016). She is a presenter for Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform Conference. In 2017, her curriculum on implicit bias will be incorporated into the police de-escalation curriculum for Fight Crime Invest in Kids and used to train over 5000 in-service and academy officers in the U.S.

As a Fulbright Scholar Dr. Cameron Wedding conducted research in Tanzania and South Africa. She has presented on national talk radio in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa, taught at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and the United Nations University International Leadership Institute Conference on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Amman Jordan. In 2014 she delivered a talk at an international conference in Athens Greece, in 2016 she participated on a faculty panel at the City University of Hong Kong. She serves on the governing board of Global Majority, an organization dedicated to peace and conflict resolution throughout the world.

In 2012 Dr. Cameron Wedding was the recipient of the John C. Livingston Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award, the highest faculty honor awarded by Sacramento State University.

Her most recent article on implicit bias “Implicit Bias: More than Just a Few Bad Apples” was published in the Juvenile Justice Exchange (June 15, 2016).

Just contact Brenda Russell brussell if you want to register. Please share with anyone you think might have an interest. This is provided as a part of our Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Project in the Department of Community Corrections.

Janice (Jan) Steffen

Administrator – Juvenile Division

Department of Community Corrections

Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS

Direct phone: 913-573-2782

Front office phone: 913-573-4180/913-573-4179

fax: 913-573-8106

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