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Implicit Bias, Police, African Americans

Implicit Bias, Police, African Americans
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
6 p.m.
King-Seabrook Chapel
Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon Street

Many recent police shootings and abuses of African Americans are the result of an implicit bias, which Hillary Clinton talked about in her first debate with Donald Trump.  Kevin Cokley, of the Education Psychology Department at the University of Texas, defines implicit bias as “a bias that occurs outside of our conscious awareness and control.” This panel called “Implicit Bias, Police, African Americans” seeks to describe how implicit bias against African Americans factors into police interactions with African Americans, and to discuss how to improve the situation in our local and national communities. The panel brings together some of the most important people who influence this discussion nationally and locally:  A president of an HBCU, President Colette Pierce Burnette; a social researcher, Kevin Cokley; a chief of police in Austin, Chief Acevedo; a municipal policy director who advises the mayor of Austin on matters related to education coordination, public safety, and African American quality of life, Kazique Prince; a person who has experienced such implicit bias and who is a former student of Huston-Tillotson University and now a school teacher, Breaion King.

Free and open to the public.  Parking available on Chalmers Avenue.