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Professional Development Discussion & Book Club

Spring 2016 Book Club

Please join us as we examine

Everyday Bias

By:  Howard J. Ross

If you are human, you are biased. 


Everyday Bias

From this fundamental truth, diversity expert Howard Ross explores the biases we each carry within us. Most people do not see themselves as biased towards people of different races or different genders. And yet in virtually every area of modern life disparities remain. Even in corporate America, which has for the most part embraced the idea of diversity as a mainstream idea, patterns of disparity remain rampant. Why?

Breakthroughs in the cognitive and neurosciences give some idea why our results seem inconsistent with our intentions. Bias is natural to the human mind, a survival mechanism that is fundamental to our identity. And overwhelmingly it is unconscious. 

Incorporating anecdotes from today’s headlines alongside case studies from over 30 years as a nationally prominent diversity consultant, Ross help readers understand how unconscious bias impacts our day-to-day lives and particularly our daily work lives. And, he answers the question: “Is there anything we can do about it?” by providing examples of behaviors that the reader can engage in to disengage the impact of their own biases. With an added appendix that includes lessons for handling conflict and bias in the workplace, this book offers an invaluable resource for a broad audience, from individuals seeking to understand and confront their own biases to human resource professionals and business leaders determined to create more bias-conscious organizations in the belief that productivity, personal happiness, and social growth are possible if we first understand the widespread and powerful nature of the biases we don’t realize we have. 

Anyone is welcome to join us for casual discussions.

Book Club will meet monthly on Fridays:  February 19, March 18, and April 15, and May 13. from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Provost Conference Room

(Rendleman Hall, Room 3102)

Facilitators:  Dr. Venessa Brown (, Associate Provost)

Please reserve your spot before January 8, 2015

[Space is limited to 10 persons, so respond soon]

If you would like more information on the book club please contact:

Dr. Venessa Brown at or call ext. 5382.

Please reserve a space for this discussion group and book club using the form below:
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