Welcome to the Implicit Bias in Workforce Education Podcast Series. We have two new featured podcasts: Implicit Bias in Workforce Education with Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding and LGBTQ+ and Gender Biases with Morgan Mentzer!

Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding was the Women’s Studies Department Chair at Sacramento State University for 23 years and is currently a professor in the departments of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. As a faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), she has trained judges at court improvement initiatives in over 40 states. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making, has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and education in jurisdictions throughout the United States since 2005. Dr. Cameron Wedding has conducted implicit bias Train the Trainer Institutes, webinars, and curriculum development in numerous agencies and states throughout the country. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s work includes training and keynotes on implicit bias for many organizations across the U.S. and the world.

Morgan Mentzer is the executive director of Reckoning Trade Project (RTP). RTP works toward creating safer and more equitable workplaces and increasing job retention in the trades by building support systems, hosting educational forums, and organizing social events with a focus on LGBTQ+, BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color), and other non-traditional tradesworkers. Below are some links outlined in the podcast!

The implicit bias podcasts are provided by the Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education. The purpose of the Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education is to provide a training platform for faculty, deans, navigators, counselors, staff, administrators, human resources, continuing education and coordinators from the community and technical college system, K12, apprenticeship, and anyone interested in workforce development issues. The Institutes provide working tools and processes to help participants become campus and program advocates of efforts to identify and reduce the unconscious biases that hinder student and faculty success and enrich the overall campus climate.

The Implicit Bias Institute in Workforce Education is a collaboration between the Washington State Centers of Excellence for Agriculture & Natural Resources, Careers in Education, Construction, Marine Manufacturing & Technology, and the Machinists Institute. Additional support is provided by Perkins Special Projects Funding.