Restorative Tools Series - Implicit Bias Awareness Workshop
Implicit Bias Awareness Workshop
an introductory workshop for LCJP Staff and Volunteers
from the Office Of the Independent Monitor
Open to all LCJP volunteers and staff. Please join us for this introductory workshop to gain awareness of implicit bias and for a facilitated discussion about how bias may affect our work as restorative justice practitioners. In small groups, you’ll examine impressions of the people in the pictures in order to raise awareness of our implicit biases.
· Date & Time:12/5/17 5:30pm-8:00pm
· Location: 528 Main Street in the large conference room
In 2013, the City and County of Denver’s Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM), the independent civilian oversight agency of the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments, notice an increase of complaints from youth and families around low-level contacts with police officers that resulted in devastating consequences for youth. By 2015, OIM kicked off their Youth Outreach Project, Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops whose mission seeks to proactively improve the relationship between youth and law enforcement in Denver.
Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops educates youth on their rights and responsibilities when in contact with law enforcement, educates officers on adolescent development and de-escalation technique, and convenes forums for community lead dialogue between youth and officers. Tenants of their curriculum include: restorative justice, mental health first aid, trauma informed practice, emotional intelligence, positive youth development, and implicit bias.
On December 5th, OIM is honored to work with LCJP by conducting our implicit bias workshop! We have worked with 926 youth since late 2015 and over 500 adults with our workshop, and continuously look forward to having open conversations about biases and how they impact our individual lives. Please see a workshop description below.
“Bridging the Gap: Cops and Kids” is a project currently being designed to give youth the skills and knowledge to know what to expect during contact with the police and law enforcement youth development training to enhance interactions between the two groups. The workshop will focus on implicit bias as it relations to youth and community perspectives of law enforcement and contain interactive discussion about those perspectives and the relation to public safety in our community. We will solicit feedback from LCJP on issues relevant to them in this discussion. This workshop will provide a safe space to discuss complex issues around bias, community concerns, and problem-solving techniques to combat implicit bias.”