Preparing for the next encounter

During this course, participants will identify an encounter (or theme of encounters) they have had that was identity-based. Racial encounters (with a colleague or guest, either a race-based topic or of a different racial/ethnic background than themselves) are preferred but they can also be other identity markers such as gender, sexuality, religion, political ideology, etc. This encounter (or theme) should be one that you are unsatisfied with: you wish the encounter had gone differently, that you handled the situation differently, the outcome were different, etc. The session will include an opportunity to process the encounter and also brainstorm alternatives for a more satisfying outcome, ultimately preparing and empowering the participants for the next encounter.

Participants should come to the meeting with an encounter in mind and be prepared to share their experiences in small and large groups.

NOTE: This is the final class of the three-course Understanding Implicit Bias Certificate Program You must complete "Creating an Inclusive Environment" AND "Implicit Bias and Microaggressions" before taking this course.

This series of three courses (1. Creating an Inclusive Environment, 2. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, and 3. Preparing for the Next Encounter) will allow participants experiential opportunities to thoroughly examine implicit bias and begin the work of interrupting their own biases as well as those embedded within systems at MSU. We all play a role in MSU’s ambition to achieve excellence through full participation, and this program will give you the tools to make a difference.

Upon certification, participants will:

  • Understand the lenses through which they see and experience the world, and how those lenses can be tinged with unconscious, implicit bias.
  • Have an increased understanding of power dynamics and privilege, and the barriers they create for full participation.
  • Be able to identify implicit bias and microaggressions when they play out in real life, and how to begin the work of interrupting them.
  • Have an increased sense of their own biases and a plan for continued self-education.
  • Better understand the challenges MSU faces in retaining top talent, and how you will contribute to an inclusive campus that opens doors to full participation.

This series is brought to you by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and facilitated by Jessica Garcia, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Intercultural Education Specialist, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019


1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Jessica Garcia, PhD




1407 S. Harrison Road, Suite 10

East Lansing, MI