All of us experience automatic thoughts and feelings about others based on race, ethnicity, accent, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, education, income level, physical presentation, (clothing, body type, tattoos), physical ability, and other characteristics. When you have an immediate reaction to someone, it’s often because that person reminds you of someone you have known in the past, someone you’ve seen on TV, or someone your mother told you about. Your reaction may have nothing to do with the individual sitting in front of you. Many people unconsciously generalize, thinking “those people are all the same.” Eliminating such thoughts may be challenging, but as responsible human beings, we can learn to manage our biases so they do not affect the way we treat others. In this course you will laugh, uncover unconscious thoughts about others, and recognize the human tendency to divide the world into “us” and “them” and devalue “them”.
Live stream instruction will take place on Zoom. You may attend by computer, tablet, smart phone or telephone. Please follow the steps below to prepare for video livestreaming.