The Campaign to Combat the Impact of Implicit Bias 1
The implicit bias campaign seeks to utilize the recent implicit bias research as a lens for fostering action to address persistent racial inequities in the various institutions of our society—education, housing, the work place, the health care system, the criminal justice system, the media, etc.

Phase I of the campaign will be a 4-5 week period beginning October 14, 2014 during which we will encourage as many people as possible to:

  1. Take an Implicit Association Test on race: http://bit.ly/1nsczDd (“Please note that you cannot take the IAT on a smartphone. You must have a laptop or computer with working keyboard to take the IAT.”),
  2. Organize and talk with others about their experience in taking the test and their perceptions of implicit bias through half-day or full-day dialogue sessions,
  3. Participate in social media activities, including a Twitter Town Hall, to raise public awareness about the nature and impact of implicit bias, and
  4. Plan specific activities to combat implicit bias.
  5. The campaign will be national in scope, but initially it will be “anchored” in eight jurisdictions. The purpose of “anchoring” is to deepen participation in and the impact of the campaign; to help build the capacity of local organizations in these jurisdictions; to create a volunteer staffing structure for the campaign, and to help sustain the campaign over an extended period of time. The number of “anchor” jurisdictions will be expanded as the campaign evolves.

The eight initial “anchor” jurisdictions are:

  • Greater New England and Boston
  • Washington, DC
  • Birmingham and Montgomery, AL
  • New Orleans and Mississippi
  • Bloomington, IN
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  1. The members of the Campaign Working Group (in alphabetical order with affiliations for identification purposes only) leading the campaign are: Carolyne Abdullah, Everyday Democracy; Beth Applegate, White Privilege Conference; Roberta Avila, Steps Coalition; Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center; Cheri Brown, National Coalition-Building Institute; Lila Cabil, Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute; Rob Corcoran, Initiatives of Change; Laura Harris, Americans for Indian Opportunity; Dushaw Hockett, The Spaces Project; Amy Hunter, YWCA;; Cathy Montoya; Dena Samuels and Abby Ferber, Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion; Robin Toma and Elena Halpert-Schilt, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission; Mike Wenger, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Al White, Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.
The members of the Campaign Working Group (in alphabetical order with affiliations for identification purposes only) leading the campaign are: Carolyne Abdullah, Everyday Democracy; Beth Applegate, Applegate Consulting; Roberta Avila, Steps Coalition; Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center; Cheri Brown, National Coalition-Building Institute; Lila Cabil, Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute; Rob Corcoran, Initiatives of Change; Laura Harris, Americans for Indian Opportunity; Dushaw Hockett, The Spaces Project; Amy Hunter, YWCA;; Cathy Montoya; Dena Samuels and Abby Ferber, Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion; Robin Toma and Elena Halpert-Schilt, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission; Mike Wenger, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Al White, Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.
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