Invitation for staff to an open conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

This an open invitation for staff to come along to a conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr that is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 23 July, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm in John Britten 102.

Dr Reese is currently visiting UC from the US and will be talking about topics connected with equity and diversity. More information about the convesation can be found on the Events page.

Note that there’s no strict need to be there from the start time until the very end; any staff who are interested are encouraged to drop in and leave as their schedule permits.

About Dr. Benjamin Reese Jr

Clinical psychologist and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Head of Duke Hospital System. Immediate past president of the US National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Represented both International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations. In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership of issues of race relations and diversity. Specialize in implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, and conflict resolution. More than 45 years’ experience in race relations and diversity and is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, not-for-profit organizations, and the corporate environment.

Description for the public lecture on Thursday 25 July

In spite of our best efforts to treat others in an equitable and fair manner, as humans, we are prone to unconscious racial bias. Life experiences, the media, the influence of peers, etc. can contribute to the development of unconscious and unintended bias.  We are often surprised when we exhibit behaviours reflective of negative biases … behaviours that can differ from our conscious, or explicit attitudes.  Focused and deliberate strategies hold promise for managing the expression of negative implicit racial biases.

What are some critical lessons for us in the aftermath of Christchurch 15/3?