More than fifty years after the Civil Rights Act outlawed explicit discrimination, we as employers still struggle to reach parity in our employment of people from different identity backgrounds. What are the factors that contribute to these persistent shortfalls, and how can we improve the diversity of our workforce? ...
Welcome to the Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association (MHRA)
We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our 90+ members represent a variety of businesses and industries in the greater Linn and Benton Counties. We are a SHRM 100% Chapter which means our local chapter members are also members of SHRM. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.
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August 12, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00amMennonite Village Administration Building Chapel Albany, OR
September 9, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am
Speaker: Jennifer Bouman-Steagall, Red Kite
September 25, 2015, 8:00am – 12:00pmFarm Home, 4455 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, OR 97330
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MHRA NOW HAS A NEW MEETING SPOT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015. We are excited about our new meeting location of the Mennonite Village. We will meet in the Administration Building. We will be meeting in the Chapel which is just the right of the entrance and their reception center. The Mennonite Home address is:
5353 Columbus St SE
Albany, OR 97322-7136
August MHRA Meeting
UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING IMPLICIT BIAS
August 12, 2015 MHRA Chapter Meeting
Optional Two part session
More than fifty years after the Civil Rights Act outlawed explicit discrimination, we as employers still struggle to reach parity in our employment of people from different identity backgrounds. What are the factors that contribute to these persistent shortfalls, and how can we improve the diversity of our workforce?
7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Part One of this 3.5 hour session explores research in the fields of psychology and sociology which can help us better understand the causes of these persistent challenges. We will delve deeply into the topic of Implicit Bias, including an overview of human cognitive shortcuts and how they are influenced by social conditions. We will consider several ways in which our organizations and practices may be affected by invisible biases, and discuss whether the processes we develop to ensure fairness may occasionally be producing the opposite result! Before the workshop you will be asked to complete two Project Implicit online demonstration tests, part of a research project which has developed valid tools to measure unintentional human bias. Only you will know your results, unless you decide to share them during our discussion.
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Part Two of this session will focus on actively exploring and developing specific strategies to offset and ultimately reduce these biases. We will discuss improving HR practices, promoting analytical thinking (while not ignoring intuition!), and modifying the information in our cognitive categories to reduce the risk of biased decision-making in the long run.
Speaker Bio: Anne Gillies is Associate Director for Affirmative Action and Advancement in the Oregon State University Office of Equity and Inclusion. Now completing her 30th year at OSU, Anne has worked with equity and inclusion in faculty recruitment and selection since 1996, including two years as a Human Resources professional. She develops and implements programs that provide information about discrimination, affirmative action, and effective recruitment strategies to enhance recruitment of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans at OSU, and is lead developer and presenter of the popular OSU Search Advocate program.