GLEN ELLYN – Harvard doctoral candidate Jeraul Mackey wants to bring more awareness of how implicit biases show up in the workplace and elsewhere.
"If we are more aware of what some of our implicit biases are, then that sort of puts us in the driver's seat to try to address some of these issues," said Mackey, who will speak at the Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters' Community Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 on the topic "Implicit Bias: Exploring Everyday Hidden Bias in the Workplace and Beyond.”
The event will take place at Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn, and those who attend will be able to ask questions. Mackey is a student of organizational behavior, nonprofit leadership and executive labor markets at Harvard University.
Part of the problem has to do with awareness, Mackey said. He used the example of men being solely associated with leadership positions rather than women.
"Part of what I try to do is to help us become more aware of what some of those associations are," Mackey said. "The idea is that now that [people] know that they might be making an implicit association between men and leadership, the next time they try to hire someone for a management position, they will be much more aware of that."
If you go
WHAT: Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters' Community Meeting
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19
WHERE: Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn