Implicit bias education in Ashland

Ashland, Ore. — Many have heard of implicit bias.

It’s a subconscious thought that can affect the decisions we make on issues of race, gender, religion and income.

Southern Oregon University held an implicit bias meeting in Ashland to help educate the community.

“We treat people different before we even get to know who they are and what they have to offer,” Director of Diversity Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble said.

Trueblood-Gamble explains implicit bias as the way we prejudge others before getting to know them based on messages received through society.

That’s what the Ashland mayor and other speakers hope to teach to Ashland community members.

“Even if we hold egalitarian values, we still might act adversely to other folks based off of the messages that we hear,” Trueblood-Gamble said.

Trueblood-Gamble says the event Tuesday night was a starting point to help rid of implicit bias in our world today.

NBC5 News Multimedia Journalist Elizabeth Ruiz was raised in Northern Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and Media Communication. She also minored in Spanish and studied in Spain. While at Colorado State, she was an anchor and reporter for CTV Channel 11.

Elizabeth loves Zumba dancing, singing and spending time with her family.

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