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City Human Relations Commission to Host Forum on Awareness of Bias, Stereotypes

City Human Relations Commission to Host Forum on Awareness of Bias, Stereotypes

Being Different Together- Experiencing Palo Alto, Perception And Reality, will be the focus of a community forum hosted by the City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) to be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center.  The goal of the forum is to raise awareness of implicit biases and to identify how stereotypes affect human interactions. 

The HRC is using this forum to promote diversity and inclusion in the Palo Alto community.  Individual community members will share their experiences of racial, gender, ethnic and religious bias.  Hearing the stories of individuals, who experience explicit and, moreover, implicit bias, encourages understanding and awareness of the subconscious biases that cloud interactions.  

A panel of community and organization leaders will add expertise and perspective by sharing their work to address bias in the community.  The invited thought leaders practice in different spheres of expertise, and will share their resources to improve diversity and inclusion to help move the community conversation forward.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Joseph Brown, who is the Associate Director, Diversity & First Gen Office at Stanford University.  The moderator will be Pastor Kaloma Smith, University A.M.E. Zion Church, in Palo Alto. 

The discussion is planned as a way to increase awareness, lead to personal changes and to make a stronger community. A community participation project will close the forum to capture learning, personal commitment and hopes for the city. The goal of the forum is to identify tangible next steps to create a community that is more tolerant, inclusive and appreciative of its diversity.   

Over the past year, the HRC has held community forums to address domestic violence, the needs of seniors, and finding solutions for homeless veterans.

Palo Alto Council Members Marc Berman and Cory Wolbach will provide special remarks.  

For more information or to RSVP (preferred, but not required), contact Mary Constantino,    

Last Updated: March 20, 2016