Rewiring the brain: Understanding implicit bias and charting a new (dis)course

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017
PSU 312

Implicit bias — which the Kirwan Institute defines as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner — will be explored in this session, along with their implications and responses. Media, public discourse, clashing values and brain basics affect how we encode and decode information. Participants will be invited to explore ways each can participate in charting a new discourse. 


Professor of Counseling Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson

Professor of Counseling
Missouri State University

Dr. Leslie Anderson is a licensed psychologist and professor of counseling at Missouri State University. She has taught diversity related content to educators and counselors since 1998, and most recently has worked with community leaders in education, business health care and faith groups toward goals of inclusion.

In 2015, the Springfield Business Journal’s named Dr. Anderson as one of the 20 Most Influential Women. Most recently, she and colleague Lyle Foster began working with the Lumina Foundation Goal 2025 grant. The program is designed to build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, certificates and high quality credentials by the year 2025.

As a certified diversity executive, Dr. Anderson seeks to help participants work toward interests in addressing challenges to civility and diversity climate and seeking ways to build more welcoming, vibrant, inclusive and thriving communities.