Training Action Plan

Confronting and Addressing Conscious and Unconscious Biases and the ISMs

Author(s)/Developer(s): Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence
Date: January 19, 2017
Publisher/Source: Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence
Contributed by: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development UCEDD
Type: Training Material

This Learning and Reflection Forum from the Leadership Institute on Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence looks at the “ISMs” (The “ISMs” is an umbrella term used to refer to a range of attitudes and behaviors that involve perceived superiority, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination based on such factors as race, national origin, ethnicity, language, class, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression), their impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the role of leaders in confronting these attitudes and behaviors. It offers personal perspectives from people with disabilities from culturally diverse groups. Through presenter personal narrative and discussion, viewers will be able to: (1) describe an array of “ISMs” that impact culturally diverse populations, (2) describe five strategies to confront the “ISMs”, (3) delineate the different pathways and manifestations of conscious and unconscious biases, and (4) cite six interventions identified by the NCCC to address unconscious bias. Viewers are encouraged to reflect on the leadership behaviors and skills needed to courageously address the “ISMs” in their respective settings.

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