Scott County Kids: ?Bias Training? focuses on social work shortfalls

With a national conversation gaining momentum surrounding the unjust treatment of people of color in systems designed to support and protect in the U.S., Hope Community Church in Burlington is hosting an ?Implicit Bias Training? in June.

This conversation is contextually significant for the social work profession because of their commitment to social and racial justice. People in the field of social work see injustice reinforced through systemic and institutionalized racism present in the disproportionate representation of people of color in multiple systems.

Implicit racial bias is being studied as one of the sources of this disparate treatment and will be discussed and explored using the lenses of cultural competency and cultural humility.

The presenter is Dr. Chris Martin, who received her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Her research area includes the study of influence of implicit racial bias on decision making and how this contributes to the disproportionate representation of African Americans in special education.

Martin hopes to continue examining the effects of bias on decision making across social work settings and in multiple systems experiencing overrepresentation.

She is an Assistant Professor at St. Ambrose University.

The workshop will be broken up into two sessions. The first will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The second will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Jesse Mumm at or call 563-326-8221.

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The training is powered by Scott County Kids.