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Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others

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Have you experienced an optical illusion where you don't initially see all of the options? Was the dress blue with gold stripes? Were you team Laurel or Yanny? Can you see the rabbit and the duck?
Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. This is why we may assume there is a monster in the garage when we haven't experienced an earthquake before - we literally don't have the experience to pull from to understand what is happening. We believe what we know - whether we know it or not.
Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren't! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don't understand.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
9:00am - 10:00am
Region/Office: National, PNR
Aug 21, 2019
9:00AM - 10:00AM PT
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator

Are you confused about all the topics under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Are you overwhelmed by all things swirling around in our world today?
Are you ready to have less frustrating conversations?
Conversations that matter include both internal and external dialogues about our similarities and our differences. Each webinar session will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized intersectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences.

Please join us for the "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt" series. Sign up for one or all the sessions!

We encourage further discussion through social media. The primary hashtag for the series is #MedlibsDEI and additional hashtags include #ConversationsthatMatter and #MLAdiversity.

This webinar series is being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

Each webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at:
12:00 p.m. ET | 11:00 a.m. CT | 10:00 a.m. MT | 9:00 a.m. PT | 8:00 a.m. Alaska | 6:00 a.m. Hawaii

For details and a link to register, please see each separate session listed on the right.

A closed caption recording of each webinar session will available on the NNLM YouTube channel. Whether you attend the live session or view the recording, one hour of MLA CE credit for each session will be available for up to 1 year.

Presenter: Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her standup comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make the change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits. Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don't just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Learn more about Jessica on her website Good Enough Now.

The power point presentations for each session are available on the AAHSL website 
Webinar documents:
Assessing Your Organization for Social Justice and Inclusion
Better Connections 
Ally Path

How to Connect to the Webinar

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Registration is encouraged but not required to attend "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt"

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Go to current "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" session
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