ST. LUCIE COUNTY – What is implicit bias? It refers to our approach or stereotypes that impact our understanding, actions, and decisions unconsciously. Due to recent events, this has become the topic of discussion, and United Way of St. Lucie County’s Women United affinity group is taking the lead on starting that conversation in our community. Women United, in partnership with Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, is hosting a free virtual Lunch and Learn on implicit bias with guest speaker Crystal Morris, M.S., President and CEO of One Caring Adult.
The objective is to help others learn more about personal biases to help us better serve the community. Participants will learn to understand how biases are rooted in our conception of the world and how our social location affects the feelings we have regarding racial justice. It is centered on the omnipresent threat of implicit bias that destroys our community. This training will cover, defining implicit bias, countering implicit bias, call to action, and much more.
“This isn’t a black issue or a law enforcement issue, this is an all group issue. Every human being is impacted by this; we’ve either benefited from privilege or we’ve had to carry the burden of oppression. It is going to take a collective effort to make changes and to make systemic changes,” said Morris.
Crystal Morris, who is the President and CEO of One Caring Adult, is also the Director of Indian River Services for Tykes and Teens, Inc. She has a long history of educating agencies on the effects of unconscious bias and how it impacts our everyday life.
This training will take place on Friday, July 10th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference. It’s at no cost to the attendees but you are required to pre-register (click here). The link to access the training will be provided to all attendees who register.
About Women United
Women United is a community of women coming together to change the odds for individuals and families. Members get to be a part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities. Women United will continue to have, volunteer opportunities and lunch and learns to engage the women in the community.
About United Way of St. Lucie County
United Way of St. Lucie County encourages people to LIVE UNITED by giving to the annual campaign, spreading the word about the positive impact United Way is making in our community and volunteering to make our community a better place for us all. We support numerous programs that enhance the lives of people in St. Lucie County. For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED and help create a brighter future for those in need in our community, please call 772-464-5300, like us on Facebook, Instagram @UnitedWaySLC, and Twitter: @UnitedWaySLCInc or visit our website www.unitedwayslc.org.
About Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County
The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County improves the lives of more than 50,000 children and families in our community by funding and partnering with quality agencies to ensure that every baby is a healthy baby, to stop child abuse before it happens, to keep kids off the streets, to keep them in school, and to keep them away from drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors.