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Prof. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton will be part of an practioner and expert roundtable at our upcoming mind science conference June 22-23 in Oakland. The roundtable participants will discuss explicit and implicit biases, grounding language, and interplay between mind science and white supremacy, what practical steps they’ve found to be working, if anything at all. Nancy Dome of Epoch Education will facilitate the roundtable, which will also include Jason Okonofua of UC Berkeley, Arlene Mayerson of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and Rachel Godsil of The Perception Institute.
Fighting Racism and Other Forms Of Bias: What’s Working!?
June 22-23, 2018
Oakland Marriott City Center
This conference is made possible through generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Henry L. Hecht Family Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, and Open Society Foundations.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Division of Social Sciences. He also serves as Associate Executive Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Letters and Science. Childhood experiences living in Mexico, the U.S., Ivory Coast, and Thailand cemented an early interest in cultural differences and intergroup relations. He received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Columbia University. Mendoza-Denton’s professional work covers stereotyping and prejudice from the perspective of both target and perceiver, intergroup relations, as well as how these processes influence educational outcomes. He received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in 2015, and the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018.
Prof. Mendoza-Denton was on KTVU this week in a news story about implicit bias training in light of the Starbucks debacle at one of its stores in Philadelphia.
He also authored an article in this month’s edition of the journal Nature. The article, “Go Beyond Bias Training,” describes findings suggesting “fresh ways of interrupting bias” in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) departments. “Departments should adopt transparent policies and expectations for student progress that are communicated clearly to all. Professors and mentors should take time to build trust and rapport with students.”
For questions related to the conference, contact Melissa Male at firstname.lastname@example.org.