We were thrilled with the program presented by Dr. Mikki Hebl, professor of psychology at Rice Univeristy, on the Northwestern University campus in May. She spoke on the topic of unconscious bias. In case you missed it, you can watch her lunchtime special, which was focused on unconscious bias in hiring in academia. Thank you to the Office of the Provost, One Book One Northwestern and the Block Museum for their support of this event.
Video viewing of the Unconscious Bias in Hiring Practices is available with your Northwestern University NetID and password here.
You can also check out Dr. Hebl's TedTalk below:
The Women's Center had an incredibly successful 2014/2015 academic year. We continued to work on the implementation of our strategic plan that will allow us to best meet the needs of the communities we serve - faculty, staff and students on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. We also continued our Change Makers program, a year long dialogue workshop that more than 50 faculty and staff from across the Northwestern campus participated in. This life-changing program grew out of the response from our Power and Privilege series. We continuously heard that people were interested in learning hands-on and dialogue skills in order to address stereotype threats, biases, microagression, and how to make the NU community an inclusive one. We are hoping to continue to offer this program in the fall, if you are interested in learning more, please visit the Change Makers webpage.
The Women's Center also partnered with One Book One Northwestern to present programming related to Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by social psychologist Claude Steele, the 2014-2015 One Book One Northwestern book selection. In Whistling Vivaldi, Steele looks back on his 30-year career investigating the impact of social biases and prejudices on everyday life. Finding that stereotypes can influence behavior and affect performance, he shares important strategies that may prove helpful in lessening their negative effects. We presented numerous book talks on stereotype threats to departments across campus and throughout the Evanston community.
We continued our various negotiation workshops, New Moms' Groups on both Evanston and Chicago campuses, Dining with Dynamos, and Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day programs. We presented a program with the founders of the ABC's of Sex Education, an organization that works with women and men in Kenya. We also co-sponsored many programs across campus such as Body Awareness Week "You are Beautiful" campaing, International Gender Equality Movement (iGem) programming, YWCA Evanston/Northshore International Women's Day, Women's Health Reseach Institute programming, the Block Museum's Wangechi Motu exhibit, and Institute for Policy Research presentations.
As always, if you are interested in partnering or sponsoring a program with the Women's Center, please complete the Sponsorship Form. If you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out to our Director of Programs.
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