First session of implicit bias training examines how judgements can quickly be formed

1/28/21 RICK KAZMER – United Way of the Laurel Highlands
About 50 people attended implicit bias training held Jan. 26 via Zoom by Dr. Melissa Marks. 
The grant-funded training is being hosted by the United Way of the Laurel Highlands. 
Marks is an associate professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The participants, leaders in social services, government, education and other fields in Cambria and Somerset counties, learned about the unconscious biases that influence society. 
Marks likened some of the biases to “mind bugs,” stereotypes and other assumptions that nestle their way into people’s thinking. Once there, they can incorrectly help to form assumptions about individuals and cultures, leading people to discriminate without intention.
The training includes interaction and thought-provoking conversation. It runs once a month through April. For more information, email