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Community event will focus on implicit bias

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City are partnering for an evening session focused on implicit bias.

The free event entitled “Implicit Bias: What is it? How do we Address it?” is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 8 at First Presbyterian, 1001 NW 25.

Roberta Clark, executive director of the Jewish Federation, said the program for adults will be facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League Texoma Regional office.

Clark serves as regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s North Texas/Oklahoma regional office in Dallas before joining the Jewish Federation as its leader. She said she is especially excited to bring the Anti-Defamation League’s expertise to the metro.

“It’s an engaging program, it’s not a lecture,” Clark said.

The training is designed to deepen attendees’ understanding of bias and ways that it can manifest itself both explicitly and implicitly. Attendees will be challenged to recognize forms of bias and their potential impact on the the world around them. They also will be tasked with identifying ways to address biases in themselves and others.

“It should be a really engaging and challenging program for all of us,” Clark said.

“We are really excited to be bringing this new program to our community and to be partnering with everyone.” The event is free, however advanced registration is required. Individuals may register at the Jewish Federation’s website at https://www.jfedokc.org.

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