Local Government 101 EI Course 2 Session 3
Recorded On: 07/27/2018
This three-part course will help you understand bias, how it affects society today, and how equity and inclusion issues touch all aspects of local government management. You will discuss the role of implicit bias and how it plays out at the individual and institutional levels. You will learn how to make the business case for equity and inclusion programs, as well as the hard and soft skills you’ll need to ensure that your organization is doing everything it can to be fair and inclusive for its staff and the community it serves.
Topics covered include:
- Understanding key terminology
- The history of inequities in the United States
- The intersections between different types of bias
- Normalizing conversations about race Structural bias close to home
- Organizing to advance racial equity
- Operationalizing racial equity
- Communicating about race
- The recent findings of ICMA research project “Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups”
- The hiring process and how to minimize the impact of bias on it
- Managing a heterogenous team
Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D.
Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., is the associate director for community engagement and research in the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences - School of Medicine at Stanford University. She is responsible for expanding the ethical use and knowledge of community-engaged research throughout the Stanford School of Medicine community. She accomplishes this through original research, facilitating seminars and workshops, promoting diversity, and developing community partnerships. Previously, Dr. Smith served as a policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and a research fellow at the Center for Urban Innovation, both at Arizona State University. She is experienced in designing and executing local, state, and national research and evaluation projects. Additionally, Dr. Smith provides independent consulting services to various organizations on topics related to workforce development, community engagement, capacity building, local government, and diversity programs.
Dr. Smith earned a doctorate in community resources and development of Arizona State University, a master’s in public administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
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