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Pocket Program: WMCC March: Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competence and the Hidden Brain
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When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers
5005 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
United States
Contact: Telly Mamayek

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Come at 7:30am for networking. The one-hour program begins at 8am.

Everyone has unwritten scripts and biases. It is what makes us humans!

When we unconsciously link whole groups of people with an attribute or behavior we might make an implicit association that may be in direct conflict with our stated values and beliefs. And because these biases can be completely unconscious, they may cause us to discriminate even when we think we’re being fair. It would be impossible for us to navigate our world without using frameworks, assumptions, and mental models.

As we seek to effectively communicate with the variety of people we come in contact with, and in the spaces we function, it is helpful to identify how we can so easily get tripped up. Only by uncovering what is often unconscious can we move toward intentional thoughts and behaviors. By first identifying how mental processes affect social judgements and how they operate without conscious awareness or conscious control can we communicate effectively. This immersive interactive session includes some small group discussions.

Dr. Ramon A. Pastrano isthe founder and CEO of St. Louis Park-based ImpactLives. The organization has been serving individuals and communities since 2007, seeking to bring about sustainable, transformational change. Clients include nonprofit organizations, schools, government teams, and for-profit companies.

Ramon is fluent in human-centered design, design thinking, transformational leadership, system thinking, service learning, social responsibility, social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. He has received accolades for his approach to inter-cultural competence and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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